Putnam City West player is charged in alleged `brooming'
A spike in reports prompts the Ivy League school to hire an external investigator
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.