Three Rye High School Teens Arrested for Hazing

05 Jun, 2012

By Polly Kreisman

Rye Marshlands


RYE– Westchester County Police say they have arrested three Rye teenagers and charged them with Hazing in the 1st degree, Assault in the 2nd degree, a felony, and Unlawful Imprisonment following a joint investigation by the County and City of Rye police departments.


Police say several teens were forced into a car in front of the Rye Public Library and then driven to the Marshlands Conservancy. Two victims were then “paddled” multiple times with a large piece of wood. One of the boys sought treatment at a local hospital for his injuries.


The report theLoop received from County police says the incident is apparently part of a ritual involving Rye High School juniors and eighth-graders who will become freshmen at the school in the fall.


The three youths, ages 16, 17 and 17, were arraigned Monday night in Rye City Court and released.


The investigation into the incident is continuing.
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  • Anonymous

    It remains to be seen if anything will be done to these boys. The affluent neighborhoods have a way of persuading the justice system to turn a blind eye when maximum justice is so deserving.

  • Anonymous

    It seems like the superintendant is pretty mad about it. I’m sure he’ll throw the book at them specifically because a whole lot of people are watching – and rightly so.

    And, for anyone wanting to complain to someone, note that their names are plastered all of the news but not here. Go whine on another blog about how this will now ruin their overly priveleged lives.

    • Anonymous

      the superintendents are always very mad when there is publicity

      • Anonymous

        Yes, mad because it becomes blatantly apparent that they have no control of the kids in their district. You should have more rights in school, not less. As another noted, the charges would be much more severe if these kids were in a less affluent area. This is drawing national attention and I predict that it is going to get pretty ugly.

  • memem

    Shouldn’t they charge them with kidnapping too? or are we taking it easy on the boys?
    http://kidnapping.uslegal.com/kidnapping-v-false-imprisonment/

    “Compared with kidnapping, false imprisonment can be a relatively inoffensive…”, boys will be boys I guess.

  • postermom

    I find it interesting that County law enforcement is involved. I spoke to the Westchester ADA when this happened to my son and was told it was not a punishable offense because, and I quote, “it is the fabric of our society.” The Village of Mamaroneck Youth Officer stated that it has been going on for years and admitted his son had been involved in a similar incident. The Village Police did not even come the ER after my child was assaulted to get a statement or photos of his injuries. Shame on them. I tried to fight for justice and was disappointed.

    • Anonymous

      And you believed them? I hate lawyers as a whole, but if that was the response that I got from the police when my son landed in the ER, I’d have had one on speed dial.

      Who is raising these kids, anyway? The hazing, the bullying, the sexual harassment…it simply has to stop. Most schools are completely unable to handle it. There needs to be zero tolerance for this kind of behavior.

  • XANTHE

    What was astounding is the mother of one of the victims did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation .This attitude perpetuates this type of bullying behavior . The perpetrators should be afraid not the victim .
    My son told me last year that some boys took his friend from the fireman’s fair in mamaroneck and paddled him and that he ran off. Apparently this is a tradition in mamaroneck .I have no sympathy for these kids and I hope they are prosecuted -they should know by now to keep their hands off other people

  • Heather

    Wow, people really need to blame others for everything! This is most definitely the parents fault! Stop blaming the schools, and give their parents hell too! These kids need to be put in jail!

    • Anonymous

      The parents are responsible, certainly, but the schools absolutely knew that this hazing was going on for years and did nothing before it got out of hand. It’s the same as bullying and everything else. They only react once someone gets hurt. Nobody cared that 17 year olds were tormenting 8th graders and having drinking parties until someone landed in the ER.

      I know for a fact that it happens at other schools, too, but I guarantee that if the superintendant announced tomorrow that if anyone was caught hazing, they would be expelled, not suspended, it would stop immediately.