[We have also added a statement from Rye Schools sent out Monday night at the bottom of this story.]
The Westchester Department of Public Safety released the names of the Rye teens arrested in the Rye hazing incident and is asking for tips:
George N. Longworth, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
Ned McCormack, Communications Director
Contact: Kieran O’Leary (914) 864-7858
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2012
THREE TEENS CHARGED IN HAZING INCIDENT IN RYE
Three teen-agers from Rye were arrested by Westchester County Police today and charged with Hazing, Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment following a joint investigation by the Westchester County and City of Rye police departments.
The investigation began Friday night after the Rye Police Department learned that several teens were forced into a car in front of the Rye Public Library and then driven to the county-owned Marshlands Conservancy, also in Rye. Two victims were then “paddled” multiple times with a large piece of lumber, causing bruising and other injuries to their buttocks and legs. One of the boys sought treatment at a local hospital for his injuries.
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.
Arrested were: Max Meyerson, 16; Sean Pinson, 17; and Tristan Scragg, 17, all of Rye. Each was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, a felony, and Hazing 1st Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd Degree, misdemeanors.
The three youths were arraigned Monday night in Rye City Court and were released.
The investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information can contact county police detectives at 1-877-220-3560. The county police also accept tips by text and email at TIPS@WCCOPS.COM. All information will be kept confidential.
Email to Parents Monday evening from Rye City Schools:
This evening, we were informed that Westchester County Police have charged three Rye teenagers – all juniors at Rye High School – with unlawful imprisonment, assault, and hazing in an incident last Friday afternoon at the Village Green and Marshland Conservancy. The acts were allegedly committed against several Rye Middle School 8th graders
As Superintendent of Schools, and speaking for the Principals of Rye Middle School and Rye High School, we are greatly disturbed by these allegations. We share our deep concern to the alleged victims and their families. Though this incident occurred outside of the school day and off school grounds, we must stress that there is, quite simply, no place in our schools or society for violent acts like those that have been alleged.
While this is, first and foremost, a serious legal matter for the young men who have been arrested, these students will also face severe disciplinary consequences as students of the Rye Public Schools.
Some have suggested that these alleged acts are part of an annual 'tradition' at Rye High School. Let me be clear: just because a small handful of students choose to believe that this is the case, does not make it a fact. Our school district and our educators put a premium on student safety, respect, and dignity, and work diligently each day to inspire these traits in our students.
We will provide more information on this serious matter as we learn more of the details. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Dr. Edward J. Shine
Superintendent of Schools