Seventeen students expelled for hazing

SEDGEWICK — Seventeen high school students in central Alberta have been expelled after a hazing incident last month.

SEDGEWICK — Seventeen high school students in central Alberta have been expelled after a hazing incident last month.

In late August, RCMP received a report that violence got out of hand at a bush party near Killam, where high school students from Sedgewick, Alta. were duct-taped and struck with makeshift paddles.

The hazing targeted about 30 Grade 10 students.

Larry Payne, superintendent of the Battle River School Division, says trustees chose a short-term expulsion for the students with conditions that could lead to reinstatement.

He calls it the first step in “changing this unhealthy tradition.”

Michael Pollard, one of the 17 expelled students, told CTV Edmonton he feels the punishment is fair and hopes to return to school next month.