Police: Teen Boys Beaten With Metal Rods In High School Group Hazing Ritual
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KENMORE, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — An investigation is underway after Snohomish County authorities found a dozen teens in the woods involved in an alleged brutal school-related hazing incident.
KOMO-TV reports teens connected to Inglemoor High School in Kenmore were found dressed only in shorts with open wounds across their bodies. Some were also suffering from hypothermia.
Seven of the teens were potential victims while five others were identified as potential suspects.
“We were woken up in the middle of the night,” Jeannie Collier told KCPQ-TV. “It sounded like someone was staple-gunning someone. It was really loud.”
KCPQ reports that the incident was related to a hazing initiation to get into a high school club known as the “Naked Vikings.” The unsanctioned school group has been investigated previously for hazing claims. Authorities were called after the mother of one boy saw the marks left after he was allegedly beaten.
“It’s really sad,” Collier told KCPQ. “To be in a stupid club? You know, who cares?”
KCPQ reports the high school students were led into Forsgren Park blindfolded and beaten with metal rods.
The injured teens were treated at the scene and released. No arrests have yet to be made in the case.
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