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Hazing Incident Leaves Some Cottage Grove Residents Wanting Answers

Brian Bull

Confusion and frustration surrounds an alleged hazing incident at Cottage Grove High School. 

Outside the school, Renee Anderson holds a sign that asks, “WHAT’S GOING ON?”  Like many parents, she’s concerned over reports that a student athlete was assaulted with a broomstick. Anderson says she really craves one thing from the CGHS administration.

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Cottage Grove High School, Cottage Grove.

“Freedom of information into knowing what is going on at my child’s school in a timely manner, especially when a potential crime has gone down," she says.  "I don’t know where I’m at!  I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone, what’s happening to our town?”

In a letter to families, the South Lane School District has apologized for its handling of information on the situation.  But it says accounts of rape and sexual crimes are not consistent with its investigation. Two 15-year-old boys have been cited for physical harassment, and a representative with Lane County Health and Human Services tells KLCC thy've been assigned a juvenile counselor.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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