These Football Players Took Hazing Too Far

Four sophomores from Damascus High School in Montgomery County, Maryland are being charged as adults and one other as a juvenile after a horrible hazing ritual gone wrong that occurred on October 31st in the Football team’s locker room. According to The Washington Post, The group of 15-year-olds used a broom stick to violate four freshman team members as they tried to escape.

The suspects being tried as adults are Jean Claude Abedi, Kristian Jamal Lee, Will Daniel Smith, and Caleb Thorpe. The attackers went from one victim to the next, laughing, while the victims screamed for help. The suspects are currently charged with one count of first-degree rape, three counts of attempted first-degree rape, and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree rape, according to the Montgomery County District Court.

Montgomery Deputy State Attorney Peter Feeney said in court:

The defendants’ conduct was astonishingly cruel. These crimes were intended to inflict pain, degrade and humiliate the weaker members of the football team.

Each defendant played a significant role in carrying out their plan to sexually assault the victims in this case. Whether it was pushing, punching, stomping, holding down, tackling or wielding the broom. The crimes could only have been committed with the active participation of each defendant.

When one of the victims asked the attackers to stop, they responded that it was ‘tradition’.

This case is still underway and no verdict has been reached.

h/t: The Washington Post

Former NY Firefighter "Coerced" Into Proving Manhood With Stripper

A former FDNY firefighter in Queens, New York, has filed a lawsuit alleging mental and emotional stress during his probationary period that included “hazing rituals” and homophobic slurs.

Michael Troina is seeking unspecified damages for being “singled out time and time again on account of his race and national origin as a Hispanic American male as well as perceived homosexuality . . . and was further threatened with physical violence if he dared to report any incident of battery, harassment or discrimination to the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office,” according to the New York Post.

Troina says during his probation period he was called a “closet homo;” was told being Hispanic made him bad at his job; and was forced to eat orange juice with a fork from 12 different plates.

He claims co-workers “coerced” him into going to a strip club where he was encouraged to have sex with a stripper to prove his manhood. When he refused, he says he was called “faggot” and “loser.”

Troina also says he was excluded from a firehouse volleyball outing where he was later informed he was rundown with homophobic insults.

Last year, the New York Post reported on the aspiring firefighter’s story saying, “firefighters covered his car in peanut butter, toilet paper and nails; challenged him to fight; shoved him; called him a ‘bitch,’ ‘loser’ and ‘fa—t’; put up mocking photos of him, and stomped on his bunker gear.”

Troina says when he reported incidents to his superiors he was told to “not take it too hard.”


His lawsuit names New York City, the New York City Fire Department, 14 firefighters and FDNY fire commissioner Daniel Nigro as defendants.

Troina was fired one week before the end of his probation period. The FDNY says he was dismissed after a “failed evaluation.”

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