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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:05

“Hazing” ritual in Redcliff results in criminal charges for youths

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  On Saturday, June 11th, 2011, at approximately 1:30 a.m., members of the Redcliff RCMP detachment received a complaint from a female victim who advised that while at a house party in Redcliff, she was assaulted by two other female youths.

A subsequent investigation revealed that a large group of students had gathered at a private residence to celebrate their upcoming graduation. The youths involved in this investigation reside and attend school in and around the Medicine Hat area.

While at the party, two 17 year-old female youths engaged in a “hazing” ritual often referred to as “paddling”, during which the victim was struck several times with a large, wooden paddle. The victim received minor injuries.

The two female youths were arrested and charged with one count each of assault with a weapon, and were released from custody to appear in Medicine Hat Provincial Court at a later date.

     Redcliff RCMP would like to remind the public that “hazing” rituals such as these are Criminal acts and will be treated accordingly. Anyone with information in relation to this or any other similar occurrence is asked to contact the Redcliff RCMP at (403) 548-2288 or Crime Stoppers. 

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