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Cherokee school officials disciplined in alleged hazing incident

Posted January 11, 2012

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— Five Cherokee High School employees, including the principal and vice principal, are under investigation for what's being called a hazing incident involving a disabled man.

The school system has suspended the principal, vice principal and basketball coaches at Cherokee High with pay, pending the results of the investigation.

A disabled man who helps out with the school's sports teams was forced to eat hot sauce because he attended a basketball game that didn't involve the school, authorities said. The man wasn't injured.

It was unclear when the incident occurred.

Cherokee police said the incident doesn't amount to a crime, so no charges will be filed.

The Cherokee tribal council met with the school board on Monday, and the board chairman said the district would handle the incident according to personnel policies once the investigation is completed.

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  • lalaloo Jan 12, 2012

    It's just guys busting on each other, no big deal...it's a man thing, you wouldn't understand.
    smbiz

    And people wonder why bullying is so rampant.

  • justabumer Jan 12, 2012

    Many high schools have similar folks whose lifes are missing much of what a "normal" person would experience and the opportunity to "help" the school's teams is very important to them. Usually these helpers benefit far more from the experience than does the teams they are helping. They find a place where they feel accepted and important - and my experience (32 years in the public schools) has been that almost all of the coaches make an effort to be certain that it is a good experience for the helpers. And that's a very good thing.
    I suspect, but don't know, that this event wasn't intended to be unkind but was intended to include the disabled person in some bonding type of thing. They were attempting to make the helper feel like one of the guys. They just chose an unfortunate way of going about it.
    I also disagree with whoever said that these guys should be fired. It should simply be made certain that such activities won't occur again. And that is probably already insured just by

  • amrak. Jan 12, 2012

    The "coach" is in his mid thirties and college educated. The ball boy is a 27 year old man with a developmental disability. The Special Olympics has commented on this issue and I hope that Disability Rights of NC steps in as well. It is in NO WAY acceptable for a person in an authoritative position to participate in such an incident. if this were peer-to-peer, it would be hazing, but it was not. this is what you get when a weak person with questionable character is given authority.

  • Thought Criminal WS Jan 12, 2012

    This story about hazing or bullying? Title says hazing. Mods' don't like to seem my comments today.

  • ICTrue Jan 12, 2012

    "It's a rather odd definition of masculinity that I'm reading about here, based on purposely causing discomfort as a joke,..."
    anneonymousone

    That's why I said you wouldn't understand. Don't even try.

  • wownow Jan 12, 2012

    And these are the people helping our kids with their future. We are all screwed. God help us all.

  • anneonymousone Jan 12, 2012

    It's a rather odd definition of masculinity that I'm reading about here, based on purposely causing discomfort as a joke, perhaps at the expense of someone (depending on his disability) who may not perceive it as such.

    That sounds more like junior high school to me. And defending the reported actions by making it seem as all of American manhood is threatened? We're back to fourth grade there.

  • wildcat Jan 12, 2012

    Five Cherokee High School employees, including the principal and vice principal, are under investigation for what's being called a hazing incident involving a disabled man.

    All should be fird immediately from their jobs. They knew right from wrong. Not a good example to the students.

  • amrak. Jan 12, 2012

    you reap what you sow, "coach" mintz.

  • westernwake1 Jan 12, 2012

    These Five Cherokee High School employees may have thought at the time that this hazing was just a bit of fun for kicks and giggles. Unfortunately for them it has taken on a larger dimension - especially because it involved a disabled victim.

    All-in-all though - I have to say there are a lot worst hazing incidents that occur across the U.S.

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