Friday, November 30, 2007

A Prank Gone Awry or Serious Misdeeds?

Got an email from a high-school friend of mine today with a link to this story about our alma mater. Naturally, it's too vague to have any idea what actually happened, so one can only speculate. Certainly, when I went there nothing of this nature, involving an international police investigation happened. But when you think of it, fairly routine occurrences like wedgies and certain not-too-extreme sports team initiations could be construed reasonably as physical or sexual assaults and there's more and more senstivity about such things. I have ambivalent feelings about this. I don't think that wedgies and initiations are just innocent fun, boys being boys, but they--or at least the versions of them I've experienced--certainly don't strike me as criminal matters. But maybe it's something else. We'll probably never hear the whole story in the media, given the age of the people involved.

1 comment:

Megan said...

Sadly, I doubt the Boston sex-assault unit would be involved if it was just about a wedgie. Hard to know anything for sure, though.

The age of the students wouldn't prevent the media from reporting on the charges (if laid), just the names of the students involved.