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New hazing policy proposed for WCS
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In response to a hazing incident that has coaches and students from Ooltewah High School charged with felony offenses for a crime involving their basketball team, the Warren County Board of Education is looking to put a hazing policy into place for the coming school year.“We want to avoid something like happened elsewhere last year,” said School Board member Bill Zechman before the Board of Education approved the new policy on first reading.The incident he referred to happened in Gatlinburg on Dec. 22, 2015 when three members of the Ooltewah basketball team allegedly attacked another team member at a cabin where they were staying. The freshman allegedly had a foreign object pushed inside him, causing serious internal injuries. The boy was hospitalized for treatment but no official report of the incident was made.