Well, it is not new.
Each year there seems to be the same sick, bizarre hazing incident when 11th graders (soon to be seniors) pick on – and "paddle" – 8th graders. AKA bullying.
Newsday reported "As many as 15 Rye teenagers were assaulted with paddles — and some were hospitalized — as part of a hazing ritual by Rye High School juniors Friday, parents of the victims said Saturday. The victims, eighth-graders who will enter Rye High School as freshmen in September, were rounded up by high school juniors driving at least two cars, a witness and parent told News 12.
LoHud.com reported "Several eighth-grade boys were forced into a car in front of the Rye library by three teenagers about 5:30 p.m.. They were then driven to the secluded woods, where they were beaten raw on the buttocks and legs."
Rye PD referred inquiries to the Westchester County Police who have not responded to MyRye.com.
Rye City Schools released a statement from Dr. Edward Shine, Superintendent of Rye City School District, who said: "On Sunday, June 3, 2012 the district was informed by the Rye Police Department and County that they are investigating an incident that took place on Friday evening, June 1, 2012 at the Village Green and Rye Marshland involving some of our students. 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."
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