SWL: Hazing at Fay School leads to disciplinary hearings and police investigation

by beth on January 7, 2015

Southborough Wicked Local is reporting that a hazing incident in November among Fay School boys has led to disciplinary action by the school.

The incident, referred to by the school as including physical intimidation” and “sexual overtones”, is reportedly still under police investigation.

Because the matter purportedly took place among minors, most of the details are under wraps at this point.

According to the article, administrators state no students were physically harmed, and hearings led to five ninth graders “leaving” the school .

SWL writes:

School officials said the activity involved a small group of boys in the Steward Dormitory “initiating” other boys, but declined to go into the specifics. The incident, however, didn’t involve sports, according to Rob Crawford, the school’s public relations director. He would not say how many students were involved besides the five who are no longer students at Fay.

School officials would not go as far as to say the students were expelled. 

In a letter emailed to Fay School parents Nov. 24, Robert Gustavson, head of the school, called the students’ conduct “troubling.” He said the students involved crossed the line of “innocent, adolescent horseplay,” violated the school’s standards of conduct, and “showed a lack of respect for the personal boundaries of others.” The incident took place on Nov. 10 and was immediately investigated by the assistant head of school and the head of the upper school, Crawford said.

“While this ‘initiation’ was emotionally and physically intimidating and had sexual overtones, fortunately no students were physically harmed,” Gustavson wrote. . .

Southborough Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus said Detective Sean McCarthy is investigating the reported incident.

“We are aware an incident occurred and it is still under investigation,” Paulhus said. He declined further comment.  .  . 

Gustavson told parents the school spoke with all students who were involved.

To read the full SWL article, click here.

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