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News of hazing ‘sex game’ surfaces in Massachusetts town

The Eagle-Tribune (N. Andover, Mass.) reported Nov. 24 that Andover police were investigating a hazing incident involving one the high school’s teams.

The newspaper also said that school administrators would take action when that probe was completed.

Several days later, on Nov. 27, the Eagle-Tribune revealed the alleged hazing incident revolved around a “humiliating sex game” and happened in July among the boys basketball team at a camp at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

The paper reported nine members of the team were at the Hoop Mountain overnight basketball camp when two of the younger students were coaxed into playing a game called “wet biscuit” (also known as “ookie cookie”) where the loser had to eat an Oreo cookie covered in a bodily fluid.

The paper noted that the boy who made the allegations was one of those coaxed into the playing the game. The other reportedly has already transferred to another school.

David Fazio, the head coach of the Andover basketball team, learned of the incident on Nov. 11, his lawyer Michael Morrissaid in a statement. Morris said Fazio, “acted promptly, compassionately, professionally, legally and morally …” in his response.

Stonehill College acted by terminating its affiliation with Hoop Mountain on Nov. 22, citing the organization “for its failure to meet its supervisory and safety obligations.” The camp’s director Steve Gibbs spoke out strongly against the incident calling it, “disturbing and reprehensible,” noting that the 26-year-old organization has a “zero tolerance” policy in regards to these type of actions.

The Andover Police Department is helping Easton Police to investigate the incident and the Andover school officials are looking into the matter as well.

In a story published Tuesday, the Eagle-Tribune reported two of the students who were the alleged “ringleaders” attended tryouts for the Andover boys basketball team on Monday. Andover Public School policy states “students involved in hazing face disciplinary action from suspension to expulsion.”

The paper also notes hazing is illegal in Massachusetts, and, “Those convicted of hazing face up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Anyone who witnesses hazing but does not report it faces a $1,000 fine if convicted.”

Andover students have expressed “disgust” and labeled the alleged incident “kinda sick.” Addressing the recent news, Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges wrote that, by definition, hazing is “degrading, humiliating, tormenting and/or persecuting another human being.”

The news from Massachusetts comes on the heels of a 26-year-old Florida AM drum major and clarinetist dying in an incident that local police is tied to a culture of hazing that has existed within the historic marching band.

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