High School Hazing Turns Terrifying With Alleged Rape of Young Boys

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soccer ballWe've been hearing the word hazing thrown around a lot more in the last few years as more parents stick up for their kids and take their battles to the public forum. But there's something wrong with calling the horrors that allegedly happened to innocent young boys on the soccer team at Maine West High School in Illinois a form of hazing. That term is too innocent, not indicative of the depravity of what happens when children are sexually assaulted.

Children. Sexually assaulted. Sodomized, in fact. And this is hazing? I don't believe so.

The only word that comes to my mind is rape.

The hazing complaint lodged in a civil suit by an unidentified mother (her anonymity protects her son's identity) claims that her 14-year-old and two other boys were shoved to the ground during soccer practice on school grounds. First, they were beaten. Then, while older boys held them down, the boys' pants and underwear were pulled down, and they were sodomized by their teammates.

A sexual act done to a child (well, to anyone really) without their permission? This goes beyond the fun and games that the word "hazing" still connotes. It's a violation.

It's, well, it's rape. What else could it be? According to the juvenile courts, which levied charges, it's hazing and it's battery -- that's all the kids were charged with.

Say what?

I'm troubled, of course, that coaches are allegedly aware of what's going on and that this is a practice the complaint claims is done year after year at Maine West.

But I'm perhaps more troubled that kids would carry it out. That, in the name of tradition, they would sexually violate another human being. That these "kids" would, in effect, become monsters.

I'm hoping that if all the evidence comes out and these allegations are true that this family is successful in their suit. But even more, I hope this forces the courts to re-examine this case, to do something more befitting the monstrous acts perpetrated upon some innocent children.

What do you think should be done here?


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Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

Omg, that's horrible. It also makes me terrified for my son who will enter middle school next year. As for this case or any like it, my stance remains the same. ALL sexual predators should be charged and sentenced/punished, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation,etc. to the FULL extent of the law. I'm honestly quite unhappy with how the courts treat sexual predators but seeing it is how it is; all I can hope for for any sexual predator/criminal is life in prison with no chance of parole. And in this cse in particular include charges and punish any adults that knew this was happening yet did nothing to stop it). Even at THIS age, those who did this KNEW that it's wrong and realistically, does a sex offender/child predator only have just ONE or TWO victims? I think not. Would you want these rapists living in your neighborhood and going to school with your kids? I think not.     - My heart goes out to these boys who were abused and their families and I hope for TRUE justice for them.

Heather Murphy-Raines

Sickening.  Definitely a boys will be boys mentality.  

sophi... sophiesister2

Just battery? They should be put on the sex offenders list!! I dont care if that will ruin there future. Those boys(victims) are probably traumatized by this and it wont ever go away! So the monsters should be affected their whole lives too by being on the offenders list. To remind them of the horrible thing theyv done.

nonmember avatar Eryn

Once again, I am SO NOT SURPRISED at your shoddy, irresponsible reporting!! What is DISGUSTING is your lack of investigation of any relevance to this story!
For example "I'm troubled, of course, that coaches are allegedly aware of what's going on..." ALLEGEDLY...do YOU know? Why would you say that if you don't?
And this: "I'm hoping that if all the evidence comes out and these allegations are true"...you're blatantly admiting that you don't have all the evidence. You're as bad as Nancy Grace with all her showboating and sensationalizing.
Go bad to reporting on the Kardashians, leave the real news to the professionals, PLEASE.

nonmember avatar Joe

I was a high school student athlete just a few years ago. I can attest that hazing does occur, but generally it's not like this. For the most part, it's really just about teasing someone that they are going to get hazed. In my experience, the actual hazing rarely occurs. I can think of 2 examples from my time where it did get out of hand. In both cases it was one idiot who decided to take things too far, while everyone else yelled at the idiot to knock it off. I'm certainly not excusing what happened to the boys in the story, that is truly horrific, and I hope that the responsible parties are prosecuted. Some of those present had no idea that it was going to go to that level, and I would hope those kids are not punished for the actions of the few idiots.

Rachel Dodsworth

Where were the school officials? This was during practice so shouldn't an adult have been around?


nonmember avatar Sarah

@Eryn, Jeanne is getting her info from the article the link leads to. This article states the coaches were aware. Maybe you should get your facts straight before jumping on someone else for not doing so.

Candi Noftz

If this is a "tradition" then this is a victim becoming the victimize-rs and i am saddened by this on many levels. the boys that are being charged are also previous victims and ultimately the ones responsible are the adults. perhaps the district and courts should be looking into how far back this really goes and find more victims.

Betresse Duggan

When a man can be put on the sexual offender list for peeing outside I don't understand at all how the courts can say it is not rape among other things.

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