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Hazing Goes Too Far, Teacher and Students Arrested

Posted on June 25, 2012

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Hazing seems to be a taboo when it comes to schools, social clubs, and sporting events. While hazing rituals can be a bonding quality to help initiate new comers into a club, many times it can get out of hand. Many schools and clubs ban any kind of hazing, refusing to get involved in any probable damages or personal injury accusations. For a school in Southern California, however, a teacher is getting accused of initiating hazing rituals on students.

These types of behaviors and carelessness carried out by adults can cause serious pain and suffering as well as personal injuries to innocent victims. To make matters worse, the victims of the teacher were still in high school, possibly minors. He had also encouraged other minors to participate in acts involving endangering and injuring other minors. Such ignorance and negligence is troubling.

On Saturday, June 23, a high school teacher and four other students were arrested for assaulting another high school student. The 27-year old teacher, Emmanuel Del Rose, was booked under the suspicion of encouraging other students to victimize a fellow classmate. Police investigators have claimed that Del Rosa had facilitated some of his students to begin hazing activities in order to limit and eliminate any misbehaving in the classroom.

At least one student victim had suffered minor injuries. The students arrested had been booked with suspicion of assault and child endangerment. There are no specifics yet as to what occurred during hazing rituals but it is possible personal injuries may have taken place.

The four students who were also arrested on Saturday took part of the assault Del Rosa had initiated. One 18-year old student, Fernando Salgado, is accused of child cruelty against a person under 18 years of age, attempted sodomy, rape, and mayhem. He will be appearing in a Fontana courtroom on Tuesday. The other three students arrested were juveniles.

More details have not been release as police officials are still performing an investigation. There is no word yet whether Del Rosa had facilitated similar activities in previous classroom sessions.

The Fontana Unifies School District officials had reported to police officers that at least one of their students had been assaulted. The report was put in on Friday, June 22. Del Rosa was arrested for suspicion of child cruelty with a $100,000 bail. He was released on Sunday, June 24.

Del Rosa was a summer school teacher at A.B. Miller High School. Several students from the high school have been interviewed by investigators.

Being involved in unacceptable hazing rituals can prove to be harmful—physically, mentally, and emotionally. Someone else’s careless behavior should not go by unnoticed. If you have been the victim of personal injury, call a San Bernardino personal injury attorney today. These types of acts are unacceptable and unfair to you as the victim. File a claim and start fighting for your rights today.

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