Editorial: Many questions remain concerning hazing at Mingus

In a disciplinary hearing Monday, Mingus Union High School Assistant Principal Allen Mitchell speaks to members of the Mingus Union school board. (Photo by Bill Helm)

In a disciplinary hearing Monday, Mingus Union High School Assistant Principal Allen Mitchell speaks to members of the Mingus Union school board. (Photo by Bill Helm)

There remains many questions concerning what was first reported as “an incident” on one of the Mingus Union High School athletic team buses.

But there is one important answer stemming from the March 6 incident: There is zero tolerance for student hazing at Mingus.

That was the message delivered Monday by the Mingus School Board in handing down 180-day suspensions for two varsity baseball players at Mingus. The suspension goes so far as to not allow the students to take online classes at Mingus. It is, in effect, a restraining order that disallows the students from setting foot on the MUHS campus or attending or participating in any Mingus school functions.

Still pending is a criminal investigation for what Cottonwood Police Department spokesperson Monica Kuhlt labeled “a reported assault.”

Among the questions unanswered are how could something like this have happened when there were four adult coaches on this athletic team bus? What policies will Mingus put in place to ensure something like this never occurs again?

Further, is there any truth to the suggestions made Monday that hazing has been part of the Mingus athletic culture? Was this an isolated incident, or have things like this happened in the past with MUHS athletic teams and looked upon as “boys being boys?”

One can only hope now that the police investigation into this matter – which came at the request of the Mingus administration – will provide answers to those questions.

Quickly, thoroughly and with the appropriate consequences for all involved.

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eknelson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

How is it possible that 4 coaches were on the bus while two boys were "sexually hazing" other boys? "Hazing" is a word used for athletes to sugar coat the word "abusing." This is a huge issue. Why aren't school kids safe on a bus with 4 adults present? Some serious things wrong in this scenario.

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centurion75 7 months, 2 weeks ago

This incident is quite serious, but I don't think we can assume that hazing is suddenly a huge out-of-control problem at the school. Do we have evidence of other incidents? Do we have any other student complaints?

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