[Update] In a Dalhousie Gazette exclusive, a player spoke out against the sanctions amid hazing allegations and felt the time was right to set the story straight. (Dalhousie Gazette)
Thursday evening the news of that the Dalhousie Women’s Varsity Hockey team would forfeit the rest of the season, a result of suspending all senior players on the team amid allegations of hazing and an almost two month investigation.
We’re instantly reminded of former hazing scandals whether it’s the ‘Dr. Broom’ story at McGill or just a few years ago closer to home, where stories broke of hazing in residence’s at St. Francis Xavier University.
What first appeared to be a straight forward case and suspension, took a new twist as parents came to the defence of their daughters and claiming that the University had overblown the situation, including details that the team were made to sign a contract to keep quiet on the investigation and incident.
It has been quite the few seasons for the Tigers with Head Coach Leslie Jordan let go and then being left ‘homeless’ after their arena was demolished and left to be shuttled around from ‘home rink’ to ‘home rink’ and now the team, well, is no longer a team.
From TSN to the Huffington post, the story spread like wildfire and was a national headline across the late news cycle, here’s a look at the story so far:
First report of the suspensions came from local writer Frances Willick and went viral over night, the story of a University team suspended due to hazing spread instantly (Chronicle Herald)
Students reacting to the story of hazing, a mix of reactions as the story breaks on campus (CBC)
Parents of players say that the team is ready to fight back, calling the accusations of ‘severe hazing’ silly and untrue. (Chronicle Herald)
Throughout the ordeal players on the team have refused comment, but one former player posted a blog post late last night.
These stripes will never face shows you a very different perspective, reminding us that these are real people being affected on both sides of the story. (Kinesiologen)
So now as more details emerge and now it appears that the parents and players are not willing to sit back and watch their team be taken away, maybe this isn’t such an open and shut case as the University tried to make it.
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