OGDEN -- Six Ogden High School 12th-grade student-athletes have been disciplined following the March 23 hazing of a 9th grade student-athlete from Mount Ogden Junior High.
The incident took place in the high school's weight room, and involved three seniors, one of whom is a student body officer, coercing the younger student to push a ball across the gym floor with his nose. The victim was not physically harmed. Three other senior class students played a more peripheral role in the hazing, said OHS Principal Trevor Wilson.
No charges were filed, said Wilson, adding the names of students involved would not be released. Wilson also declined to specify the punishment, but did say the students directly involved were treated differently from those peripherally involved.
Wilson said the sole motivation for hazing seemed to be the age difference between the seniors and the freshman.
"The school took quick and appropriate action," Wilson said. "We cannot tolerate hazing to any degree. The matter was investigated by the school resource officer. The possibility of a crime taking place was investigated, and no charges were filed.
"It was a very unfortunate incident, and the victim is a great kid. The perpetrators made a serious error in judgement."
The victim missed some school, but is now back in his classes at Mount Ogden, Wilson said. Hazing, and all forms of bullying, can be emotionally damaging, Wilson said.
"This just solidifies in my mind the need for continual education so all students realize hazing is wrong," he said. "And because of the involvement of student-athletes, it has been especially important to communicate with our coaches and teams."
Wilson, in his first year as OHS priincipal, said this is the first incident of hazing he is aware of during his time at the school. It's especially regrettable that a student body officer who has done so much good for the school was directly involved, he said.
"The three boys have faced their consequences," Wilson said. "We don't tolerate this behavior from any of our students."