The saga of hazing charges being committed by athletes from Erie, Illinois High School continued in the news. The accuser went before the Erie School Board and stated his claims of hazing. According to the QCOnline story, the victim stated:
“as a freshman and sophomore, he experienced many hazing incidents, as did others in those classes. He told the board the incidents included being urinated on in the showers and having bare body parts “slapped against my head and into my face.”
At which point, as was suggested they would do in a previous post, the board lowered the “Cone of Silence” and closed the rest of the session to outside eyes and ears. After the closed session – no action was taken by the board. Any real surprise there? I doubt it. I guess it was just a case of boys will be boys – that is until some less tolerant future or past victim decides to channel Columbine and take their pain and suffering out on the school body.
Another thought – is it possible that one of the reasons a shroud of silence has been implemented on the complaint, is that one or more board members might have a personal interest in silencing the story? I don’t know, but it sure has that fishy smell of cover-up. One thing is for sure, the Boards shroud of silence has been used to create a blinding darkness – thus hiding the complainant’s story and any knowledge that could be gained from that story, from the public.
The short story is that the
Peyton Place err., Erie Board had no wish to have its dirty laundry exposed to the world. Thus the board, the media and the public can then embrace the manmade darkness and pretend that none of the nastiness ever really happened. It was all just a bad dream. Such is the fairytale world of the Erie School Board.
- Dirty Little Secrets Revisited (thescoundrel.wordpress.com)
- Hazing and Harassment – Often Dirty Little Secrets of High School (thescoundrel.wordpress.com)
- The Brutal Side of Hazing (nytimes.com)