Put­nam City West player is charged in al­leged `broom­ing'

A spike in re­ports prompts the Ivy League school to hire an ex­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tor

Tulsa World - - Front Page - By Kyle Sch­wab kschwab@ok­la­homan.com

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — A Put­nam City West High School foot­ball player was charged Fri­day with a felony, ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing in what is be­ing called a haz­ing rit­ual known as “broom­ing.”

Daw­son Michael McLain, 19, of Bethany is charged with as­sault and bat­tery with a dan­ger­ous weapon. Ok­la­homa County prose­cu­tors al­lege that McLain and three ju­ve­nile play­ers re­strained a 14-year-old player and pen­e­trated the boy's rec­tum with a broom­stick.

The as­sault oc­curred Sept. 28 in­side the school's var­sity foot­ball locker room, po­lice re­ported. McLain was 18 at the time. The younger stu­dents will be pros­e­cuted in ju­ve­nile court, where records are not pub­lic.

The four play­ers told po­lice the “broom­ing” in­ci­dent was a tra­di­tion passed down from class to class. The vic­tim was clothed dur­ing the as­sault, Put­nam City Pub­lic Schools cam­pus po­lice re­ported.

“Up­per­class­men will use a broom­stick to haze un­der­class­men,” ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port. “Nor­mally the haz­ing in­volves stu­dents chas­ing each other around with the broom­stick.”

McLain and two other play­ers held the vic­tim while a fourth player “shoved the broom­stick up his rear end,” po­lice al­lege in a re­port.

Foot­ball coach Corey Rus­sell was placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave af­ter the as­sault. The coach has Read the Tulsa World's cov­er­age about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a pos­si­ble haz­ing and as­sault of a stu­dent at a Bixby High School foot­ball team event. de­nied know­ing about the “broom­ing” tra­di­tion or any type of haz­ing.

On Fri­day, Put­nam City Schools spokesman Steve Lind­ley said the foot­ball coach was still on leave.

The spokesman also said the “be­hav­ior of stu­dents in­volved in the as­sault has been ad­dressed by the school.”

At the time of the as­sault, the ju­ve­nile play­ers were 15, 16 and 17, the spokesman said.

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A spike in re­ports of haz­ing at Dart­mouth Col­lege prompted the Ivy League school to hire an ex­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tor to look at over a dozen or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing fra­ter­ni­ties and soror­i­ties.

Col­lege of­fi­cials told The Dart­mouth stu­dent news­pa­per the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was sparked by an in­crease in in­ci­dent re­ports dur­ing the cur­rent fall term, in­clud­ing re­ports of forced al­co­hol con­sump­tion and in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­ior. The or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude five fra­ter­ni­ties, three soror­i­ties and co-ed Greek houses, three ath­letic teams, a stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion and a pro­gram that per­forms songs and dances for prospec­tive stu­dents each spring, the news­pa­per re­ported.

“The col­lege is tak­ing these al­le­ga­tions se­ri­ously and has re­tained an ex­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tor to con­duct in­ter­views and en­gage in a fact-find­ing process. The in­for­ma­tion has been shared with the Hanover Po­lice De­part­ment per our pro­to­col,” col­lege spokes­woman Diana Lawrence said in a state­ment. “Re­port­ing ac­tiv­ity that may be harm­ful or dan­ger­ous is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery mem­ber of our com­mu­nity and we are heartened by those who have come for­ward.”

The school is sev­eral years into a se­ries of re­forms aimed at ad­dress­ing high-risk drink­ing, sex­ual as­sault and a lack of in­clu­sion. The changes, dubbed the “Mov­ing Dart­mouth For­ward” plan, in­clude a ban on hard liquor, the de­vel­op­ment of a manda­tory fouryear sex­ual vi­o­lence preven­tion cur­ricu­lum and the cre­ation of new res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties.

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