PIERZ, Minn. (AP) — Five Pierz High School students who were suspended after an alleged hazing incident last month have been charged with fifth-degree assault.

Two students are 18 and the other three are juveniles. They were all suspended for three days.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in which the Pierz boys basketball team was returning from a game in Maple Lake. One of the players reported that he was inappropriately touched and told authorities he felt violated.

The 18-year-olds will be tried in adult court. If convicted they face a maximum penalty of 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The three others will be seen in juvenile court. Morrison County attorney Brian Middendorf told the Brainerd Dispatch on Friday they won’t face jail time.

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Comments (30)
  1. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:


    1. No Touchy says:

      So, what exactly did you and the other boys do with each other in the locker room? Did you participate in inappropriate touching? I don’t like it when other guys touch my junk. Sounds like you did.

      1. at no touchy says:

        @NO TOUCHY You are one sick person, come out of the closet please you freak

    2. Todd W. Olson says:

      Let me guess, Mark, you were the one doing the snapping? Is bullying part of the Tea Party platform, too?

      1. Greg says:

        No its part of the liberal adgenda. rotflmao.

  2. Suck it Up says:

    I can’t tell you how many time myself or others got their gym shorts dropped as a joke. We just laughed… Would that constitute up to 90 days in jail too? My god kids today are a bunch of whiny little turds!

  3. HEY WCCO!!! says:

    How about you do a story on “Is this to much” These boys if convicted are marked for life. Maybe we have taken things way to far. When I was in high school we streaked at football games, no big deal people laughed and moved on. If that was done today they would be marked for life. This is insane at the very least.

  4. Nick says:

    “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime!” Young people have to learn that they are responsible for their decisions and actions, and thre are severe laws for messing with people. If you’re in a hurry to grow up and live in the adult world, then you have to live by grown up rules. No pats on the hands in the adult world! You play – you pay!

    1. At Nick says:

      @Nick you sound like someone picked on you when you were young and it carried into your adult life. Did someone hurt your feelings?

      1. Own up-- maybe get a job too. says:

        NICK has a good point– I’m so sick of kids now days being rude, disrespectful and NOT being held accountable for their actions… Its about time someone put cocky jocks into their place. It scares me that kids like this will be the future… This country has become a pathetic place, why don’t we just keep handing out more welfare and let everyone get away with whatever…

      2. Todd W. Olson says:

        And you sound like someone who is looking for a way to justify bullying.

      3. @Todd Wilson says:

        Where does it say in the article that bullying was involved? Wow a little touchy today arn’t you? Manup Pal

  5. Mo says:

    And yet, nobody has anything to say about our tax dollars being spent on a dog. Welcome to Minnesota, bunch of whinners who will whine just to whine. The land of professional victims.

    1. @MO the coward says:

      @MO When that dog is on the Police Force WE WILL PAY THE MONEY

  6. Victim Du Jour says:

    It’s the Soccermom Industrial Complex, legislating a perfect and bully free society, and turning everyone into criminals.

    We have to live in their prison of safety.

    Kids are suppose to get the flu, or their bodies don’t learn how to deal with a virus. Same goes for everything else.

    1. No Touchy says:

      So, you are saying that kids should be touched inappropriately so they learn to accept it?

      1. @no touchy says:

        No but I think you fantasize about it you freak

  7. Todd W. Olson says:

    So, Victim, I can conclude that you think that there is a right to bully others.. Maybe you need a little of the same.

    1. @Todd Wilson says:

      Again where in the article does it say bully? Let me guess something I would bet your favorite words are “Do you want to super size that?”

  8. Victim Du Jour says:

    I’m saying the news is starting to look like Kindergarten kids tattle-taling.

    Human Trafficking is a big problem in Mexico, you really think this even compares?

  9. Todd W. Olson says:

    Does it have to compare to matter? If your child was sexually assaulted in a locker room, my guess is that you’d think it was fairly important, even if it didn’t measure up to human tragedy on an epic scale.

  10. @Todd Wilson says:

    HMMMMMMM Again I ask you where in the article does it say he was sexually assaulted or bullied? You are putting a spin on something that is not even there. Let me guess, I bet you were picked on as a child and was at mamby pamby land allot

  11. Todd W. Olson says:

    People are always so brave and smart online. Tell you what, let’s meet face to face so that you can look me in the eye and say that. I bet you’re a tough guy. Why don’t you set me straight? And the name is Olson, not Wilson, you dolt.

    1. John Barber says:

      Agreed. I’m guessing he was one of the people who assaulted the little guy in school and now wants everyone else to say its ok.

  12. Victim Du Jour says:

    I think single people and couples without children should not have to pay taxes for public schools.

    Bully kids around with your legislative power trip freak parade on your own dime.

  13. Someone who actually READ the article says:

    For those of you who keep asking where it says he was sexually assaulted or bullied, I suggest you re-read the article. It says the boy was touched inappropriately – which can be termed as sexual assault. The article also states that the five students are being charged with hazing. The definition of hazing, according to dictionary.com is ‘subjection to harassment or ridicule’. Harassment and ridicule? Sounds exactly like bullying to me.

  14. human being says:

    where is this mamby-pamby land of which you speak?

    Really though, fun is fun and going too far is illegal

    AND having feelings is not a personality fault, it is part of being human…what does that make you MR MAMBY-PAMBY CALLER ? A HATER!
    America needs less of your kind…

  15. Ellen says:

    It’s pathetic how in high school sports kids think they can do anything in “fun” It’s the old “boys will be boys” attitude. I don’t know the reasoning behind it all…is it to humiliate another boy? Or a wayward curiosity? Whatever it is, there is no excuse for it. Granted, there’s no sense to ruining someone’s life over INNOCENThorseplay.
    But a line has to be drawn between horseplay and harrassment, whether sexual or otherwise. In Eden Valley, a group of boys ganged up and yanked down the pants of another boy, He was sodomized via fingers. The entire baseball team agreed to cover it up so that they wouldn’t be disqualified from state competition. They did go to state and won, and the awful details came out later. The boy that instigated it should have gotten juvenile detention at least, but the county attorney wimped out and all he got was a slap on the wrist. This whole thing affected the victim and his entire family. Neighbors against neighbors, family against family as everyone took sides in the matter. To those of you here that think it’s just in fun, would you feel the same way if it was your son or grandson it happened to? Think about it.

  16. Pierz-area resident says:

    Ellen – well stated.

    I’m appalled at some of the comments above. Hazing should never be condoned or punished with just a slap on the wrist. These incidences affect the victims and their families for life. It is something that will haunt them forever.

    Definition of hazing – per Wikipedia: “Hazing is a term used to describe various ritual and other activities involving harassments, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group.” The basketball and football teams have been assaulting their fellow teammates for 5 or more years. But, if you “tattled” you were the next victim. So, students were afraid to speak up. This assault most likely falls under hazing due do it now being a “ritual.”

    The alleged perpetrators are charged with fifth-degree assault. Name-calling and “hurting feelings” do not fall under this. This incident could easily fall under third-degree assault but I’m guessing that they reduced the charges b/c of who is involved and it’s common for charges to be reduced.

    In my opinion, the juveniles s/b charged as adults as well. They knew exactly what they were doing.

    I hope the coach is under scrutiny as well as he was allegedly told by at least one student that there was something going on in the back of the bus and he didn’t even look into it.

    Yes, things do get blown out of proportion in the news and from gossip, but this incident is the opposite. It’s much worse than what is reported. Just thank God that it didn’t happen to your family or friends and pray for healing in Pierz and the surrounding communities.

  17. One Who Does says:

    Are school is worse when we win a football game we pick out one ninth grader to hit. Most ninth graders either A. Broken Arm B. Broken Neck or even worse then there out of the season and coach goes to them and says better luck next time. There freaking happy they dont have to play rest of the season. Granted i do play pranks like Nipple twisters and snapping towels but i dont go too far

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