Hazing incident lands two Norwood teens in Denver detention center

By: Brian Shlonsky Email
By: Brian Shlonsky Email

NORWOOD, COLORADO (KKCO)--A Western Slope town is divided and parents on both sides of the issue are outraged after a hazing incident at a wrestling tournament lands two boys in juvenile detention.

KKCO 11 News Reporter Brian Shlonsky was in Norwood High School last night; he spoke with angry parents who are calling for the firing of the schools principal.

A hazing incident where two brothers, in 8th and 9th grade, supposedly wrapped a 7th grader in duct tape, pulled on his underwear, and sodomized him with a pencil.

The victim is the son of Norwood Principal Tom LaFramboise.

That call landed the two brothers in juvenile detention, something that has some parents and students enraged, saying hazing incidents happen all the time and the principal turns the other cheek. Only reacting now because his son was the victim.

Friends of the two boys who are in trouble declined to go on camera, but said they would never do something like this, that although there was some hazing… it was all in good fun, and are now afraid the principal will come after them without reason.

One student says 20 kids will transfer if the principal isn't fired, and that's a third of the school.

So last night, parents and students on both sides met with the Norwood School Board in small private groups, most of them calling for the principals firing.

While the victim's family says this is all a tragedy.

There were about 60 people at the meeting, a lot of them saying the principal needs to be fired for letting hazing take place all the time with no consequence.

The board heard their suggestions and is working on a decision.
Some students say they've already quit school teams because of the incident, and say not getting in trouble is all about who you know at Norwood High School.

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  • by Teri on May 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    to the reporter who wrote "outraged after a hazing incident" should also be ashamed of himself. I would love for it to happen to you or your child and see if you'd refer to it as "hazing" Brian Shlonsky. Way to skew the public opinion you irresponsible journalist.
  • by SICK! Location: Norwood on May 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
    I live in this town and it sickens and embarrasses me to no end. This town is so "redneck" I would never let my kid ever go to this school. Telluride is just up the hill where there is respect and decency in their schools not to mention much better education. Bullies should be taught how to act as a human being not a rabid dog as this school does. The school board is as much to blame as those that allow this to go on under their noses. Those people in town who support the bullies should know that there are many of us that live here know who you are. We will not tolerate these acts of violence and will boycott all of your businesses.
  • by anomous Location: Norwood on May 5, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    I took my boys out of this school, good ole boys are allowed to get away with this behavior for years here.Now maybe this will change things for future students.
  • by blessedco Location: norwood on May 3, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    I was told today the principal was fired. Lesson of the week for all Norwood students-if you are sexually assaulted, dont tell anyone!! If you do, you will be bullied MORE, the town will turn against you and call you a liar, and your dad will be fired! That poor kid....
  • by sick to my stomach Location: denver on May 2, 2012 at 04:36 PM
    I can almost bet those kids have already gotten pay back for what they did to that seventh grader. A very high percentage of kids get raped within their first few nights in Juvey either from other inmates or detention guards.
  • by The Real Issue Location: Sanford,Me on May 2, 2012 at 08:39 AM
    I think some people are a little confused. This young man was taped up and then Sodomised. I do think that if these kind of actions have been reported in the past that the Principal should have done something about it or the parents should have gone to their local Law Enforment Agency. But to critisize the Principal ( Parent ) of this young man you should be ashamed of yourselfs. He has not only a right but an "OBLIGATION" as a parent to report this and if this happened to your child SO DID YOU. But to think that those 2 boys were punished because the "VICTIM" was the principals son, you should think again.
  • by Patricia Location: California on May 2, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    I am so glad I do not live in a city where stripping a boy naked and sodomizing him with a pencil is considered hazing! What is wrong with you people?!
  • by Peach Location: NY on May 2, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    That isn't "hazing". It's RAPE.
  • by Jeff Location: South Carolina on May 2, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    I can't understand why some parents are outraged that the two boys ended up in the detention center. This goes way beyond hazing and falls under the catagory of a sexual assualt. Something severely wrong with teh two boys and they should be removed from a school setting and placed in a special needs school. This is just plain disgusting.
  • by wcb2001 Location: Atlanta on May 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    If what the article says these boys did is true, they should be tried for rape and if found guilty punished and listed as sexual predators. The logic that others have been hazed in the past and so it should be ok this time is pathetic! Its ALWAYS wrong. Mr Principal, dont let these bully parents push you around.
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