Updated 10/09/2012 06:03 PM
Geneseo Students Charged With Hazing Appear in Court
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Tuesday’s proceedings took about five minutes. Police charged 11 students with hazing and unlawfully dealing with a child after alleged hazing took place over Labor Day Weekend.
Six of the students appeared in court; others were represented by their attorneys. All the students pleaded not guilty and a court date has been set for November 13th.
The charges come after one student was hospitalized after police said she was forced to drink and do shots for several hours. Police say the other underage students, one as young as 17 at the time, were allegedly blindfolded, handcuffed, and ordered to drink as part of initiation for the women’s volleyball team.
Defense attorneys argue that the freshmen students could have left at any time, and therefore, the upperclassmen shouldn’t face criminal charges.
“You have a young lady with a chipped tooth, and you’ve got a volleyball season that’s already been suspended. There has been some punishment meted out. We’ll just hope that its fair and just and these kids won’t get stigmatized as they look for jobs in the future,” said Tom Eoannou, defense attorney.
According to a deposition by one of the freshmen students, at the end of the evening, one of the upperclassmen told her she had “made the team.” There isn’t a team in 2012-13, as the college suspended it for the year, and there is no word yet if the team will be reinstated next year.
A spokesperson said the college has received documents to proceed with disciplinary students for each of the students involved. No word yet if that will include suspension.