'Freshman Friday' incident leads to 3 arrests - New York News

'Freshman Friday' incident leads to 3 arrests

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Three teenagers are under arrest in connection with an apparent hazing incident at a Westchester school.

A so-called Freshman Friday is a tradition for some students in Rye and other Westchester communities.  Each year some high school juniors gang up on a group of freshmen in what is considered an attempt to initiate them into high school.

According to the Westchester County Police Department, Max Meyerson, Sean Pinson and Tristan Scragg, all Rye High juniors, ages 16 and 17, allegedly kidnapped 15 freshmen, drove them to Marshlands Conservancy and hazed them by beating them with a paddle.

The juniors have since been charged with hazing, along with felony assault and unlawful imprisonment charges.

One student had to be treated at a hospital for injuries.  Angry parents, concerned over their child's injuries, went to police.

Dr. Edward Shine, Superintendent of Rye City School District, issued a statement on the incident.

Shine says:  "While this incident did not occur on school grounds or as part of any school activity, we strongly condemn anything that results in pain, injury or humiliation of students. This is currently a police matter and the district is cooperating fully with their investigation."

Shine says that students may face discipline and they want parents who may know anything about the incident to come forward to police.

He says that the school can not release any information about the victims and the students who have been charged because of Federal law.

He did say:  "We will do all we can to protect the health and welfare of all the students at Rye Middle School and Rye High School."

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