Mounties lay charges in alleged hockey-stick hazing
The Mounties have charged 11 people over an alleged hazing incident this month in Lanigan, Sask., in which high school "freshies" were apparently paddled with a goalie stick.
Two 18-year-old men and nine teens under 18 face a total of 39 charges in connection with a Sept. 6 "hazing party" held about three kilometres outside of the town, the RCMP announced Monday.
The event was an annual "freshie" party that allegedly included the hazing of some Grade 9 and 10 students by senior students of the high school.
Police were told the hazing involved male students having eggs, flour and chocolate syrup poured over them by older male students.
Some of the victims suffered injuries after being paddled with a hockey goalie stick with the blade cut off, police said.
The injuries include severe bruising, with one victim sustaining muscle damage to his leg and buttocks.
The charges include assault, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.
All 11 are scheduled to make their first appearance in provincial court in Humboldt on Oct. 21.
Police said there were five victims. There may have been more, but some families have not been fully co-operating with the investigation, the police said.
The party was held in a field outside Lanigan, which is about 125 kilometres east of Saskatoon. About 150 students from Lanigan Central High School attended.
In a public letter, the Horizon School Division director of education Marc Danylchuk said he was saddened and shocked.
"It is important to note that this event was held outside of school and was not approved or sanctioned by the Board of Education or the school administration," Danylchuk said in the letter. "Neither the school nor the division condone such events."
The school division says it has offered supports to affected students.