Felony Charge for 3 Rye Teens in Hazing Incident

Westchester County Police have arrested 3 Rye teens in connection with a hazing incident last Friday.

Three Rye teens were arraigned in Monday night in connection with an alleged hazing incident last Friday involving several younger students. The younger students were reportedly upcoming freshmen at .

Several news reports claim the incident stemmed from "Freshmen Friday" activities that traditionally include pranks and hazing of incoming high school students by upperclassmen.

Joint charges of felony assault in the second degree, and two misdemeanors- hazing in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree were filed against three youth from Rye: Max Meyerson, age 16, Sean Pinson and Tristan Scragg, both 17, following an investigation by the Westchester County Police and Rye City Police Department.

According to a statement from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the alleged incident involved at least two victims who were taken by car from to county managed  also in Rye. According to the Westchester County Police, the victims were "'paddled' multiple times with a large piece of lumber, causing bruising and other injuries to their buttocks and legs."

Superintendent Dr. Edward Shine said Monday, "While this incident did not occur on school grounds or as part of any school activity, we strongly condemn anything that results in pain, injury or humiliation of students. This is currently a police matter and the district is cooperating fully with their investigation. Pending the outcome of the police investigation, students may be disciplined if deemed appropriate. We encourage parents to come forward to police with any knowledge of this matter."

According to the website Inside Hazing, 1.5 million high school students are involved in hazing incidents annually. It cites a 1999 Alfred University study that claims 92 percent of high school students will not report a hazing, and of these respondents, 59 percent know of hazing activities and 21 percent admit to being involved in hazing.

County Police say the investigation remains open. In a statement released Monday night, they requested anyone with information contact county police
detectives at 1-877-220-3560 or submit tips by text and email at TIPS@WCCOPS.COM. All information will be kept confidential.

please stop June 09, 2012 at 05:35 PM
the problem with that amp, is that you would have to expel,penalize financially,and levy felony charges against a tremendous number of students past and present. blame is also different than responsibility. you're suggestion is tantamount to literally destroying the lives of these three boys. and while clearly there must be commensurate punishment ,you must understand, this awful 'tradition" has been going on under all of our noses for decades. you, as a parent, are as complicit as the administration, the teachers,the students and law enforcement. no change can be made without accountability. not blame, but responsibility. what greater purpose is served by destroying more lives as opposed to using these boys as a teaching tool in the school. the punishment you suggest creates a safe ivory tower from which you can pretend this is someone else's problem.
amp June 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM
'please stop'......i'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say, but i'm pretty sure I disagree with your assessment. it doesn't matter. i'm not trying to destroy anyone's lives much less these three boys. i'm trying to prevent this from happening again. i'm not in to blame. i'm into solutions.
Liz E June 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
With all due respect, part of the problem is lack of consequences. It's sad that it had to come to this, we couldn't protect what we did not know. This year a few victims had the courage to come forward and now we know. My heart goes out to any person who makes a bad choice, we're all capable of it, but if we are not held accountable, if we don't hold people accountable, we are enabling behavior to continue. I don't know what I would do if it were my child who was beaten....I really don't know, but I do know it's not for me to judge another person's pain or process.
please stop June 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
not sure what you don't understand. thought i was pretty clear. difficult to imagine that adult felony charges and and crushing legal expenses amount to lack of consequence. i suppose what i'm suggesting is that its just not ok to say "i'm not the problem" anymore. ignorance is not defensible. i am a parent of many children, have lived in rye for over a fifteen years and i have heard of this happening from my children. are you really telling me you have never heard about this going on? i accept my responsibility for having not been more proactive but i find it impossible to believe that i am alone. " i am not to blame" just doesn't cut it anymore.
Man manly June 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM
A few bruises on two kids legs and asses are not worth sending three innocent good kids to jail over. Freshman Friday is a positive and great tradition at rye and it is what we stand for. Here at rye we need to teach our young men to be less emotional and feminine so that they are not eaten alive in the real world. I myself and anyone else with half a brain our any dignity of manhood should be greatly disgusted in what is happening to these fine young gentlemen who may be facing jail time.


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