Felony Charge for 3 Rye Teens in Hazing Incident

Westchester County Police have arrested 3 Rye teens in connection with a hazing incident last Friday.

Three Rye teens were arraigned in Monday night in connection with an alleged hazing incident last Friday involving several younger students. The younger students were reportedly upcoming freshmen at .

Several news reports claim the incident stemmed from "Freshmen Friday" activities that traditionally include pranks and hazing of incoming high school students by upperclassmen.

Joint charges of felony assault in the second degree, and two misdemeanors- hazing in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree were filed against three youth from Rye: Max Meyerson, age 16, Sean Pinson and Tristan Scragg, both 17, following an investigation by the Westchester County Police and Rye City Police Department.

According to a statement from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the alleged incident involved at least two victims who were taken by car from to county managed  also in Rye. According to the Westchester County Police, the victims were "'paddled' multiple times with a large piece of lumber, causing bruising and other injuries to their buttocks and legs."

Superintendent Dr. Edward Shine said Monday, "While this incident did not occur on school grounds or as part of any school activity, we strongly condemn anything that results in pain, injury or humiliation of students. This is currently a police matter and the district is cooperating fully with their investigation. Pending the outcome of the police investigation, students may be disciplined if deemed appropriate. We encourage parents to come forward to police with any knowledge of this matter."

According to the website Inside Hazing, 1.5 million high school students are involved in hazing incidents annually. It cites a 1999 Alfred University study that claims 92 percent of high school students will not report a hazing, and of these respondents, 59 percent know of hazing activities and 21 percent admit to being involved in hazing.

County Police say the investigation remains open. In a statement released Monday night, they requested anyone with information contact county police
detectives at 1-877-220-3560 or submit tips by text and email at TIPS@WCCOPS.COM. All information will be kept confidential.

Charmian Neary June 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Milk Toast - and the other anonymous tough guys - you assert that "the people on this thread who advocate those things you mentioned are the people who actually experienced it first hand..." Really? You could be a 12 year old girl on her iphone, or some 60 year old drunk in a bar across the river, or an inmate upstate. How can you write about "actual experience" -- when you are anonymous? Who is to say you even live in Rye? Who is to say you've ever experienced getting a job or moving out of your parent's basement, let alone hazing "first hand"? It's so easy to talk tough to "girls" on blogs when you're too much of a coward to identify yourself. I'm sure with opinions like yours your good name is already sullied, so why not "grow a pair"?
Charmian Neary June 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I'm with you, amp. "Like".
K T June 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Bob Zahm - The perpetrators of these acts were high school students and since the high school principal, Patty Taylor, HAD advance knowledge of the situation, didn't she have a moral obligation to communicate with us? Instead of coming at me like a bully yourself and questioning my screen name, why not listen to my concerns? Perhaps I am trying to prevent my own child (and family) from suffering retaliation. Bullying occurs on many levels here and those who air their concerns often pay a dear price. Principal Taylor did not communicate with us in advance. That is a fact. She had advance knowledge of this Freshman Friday. That is a fact. The safety of my child is more important than his ranking. That is a fact. Principal Taylor has not been an exemplary leader in my opinion by any means (and in many others opinion), but people do not come forward because they fear her reputation as a bully herself. Anytime a principal has advance knowledge about the potential for danger, he/she has an obligation to communicate with us. She did not. I commend Dr. Edwards for communicating with her families.
Liz E June 07, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Eric L, I agree with a lot of what you said. It is not fair to blame parents, not fair to blame the school either. Change happens one person at a time. I wish you would have had the courage to step forward when you were a freshman to say......."this is not right", because as you stated.....it is not right to bully anyone. It's a senseless tradition that has been followed like many other senseless traditions. It takes a true leader to move AGAINST the pack to say "no", this is wrong. I don't know what happened in previous years, but this year it was taken too far. If these kids that were badly BEATEN were to stay quiet and next year someone was accidentally killed (let's say) what would you say then? The truth is that someone has to be the example Eric. It's unfortunate for the parents of these kids, very, very sad I agree. I feel tremendous compassion for them, but I want you to imagine your son, or daughter who's back-side and legs were beaten raw, to the point of the skin peeling away.....I wonder if you would feel the same way. As for kids hanging out on the "green" curious about Freshman Friday.......i get where you're going with that, but what's your point? That because they were curious they deserved to be assaulted? IT needs to stop, and perhaps now it will.
amp June 07, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The fact that this has been going on for years is not a valid reason to continue this. The fact that some kids were on the village green on Freshman Friday is not reason to continue this. The fact that some people view this as a 'rite of passage' is an opinion not a fact and is not reason to support this. On "Freshman Friday" there are in fact kids who are scared to go home, actually scared. That is reason to stop this. Three kids are being charged with felonies. That is reason to stop this. Kids were beaten and sent to hospital. That is reason to stop this. How many kids have to be sent to hospital and how many kids have to be thrown in jail for people to consider 'hazing' in Rye a problem. It is a problem. Eric, do you think this town would be missing out on anything, if Freshman Friday never occurred again? Do you think the kids from this town will all grow up to be inept in any way if they did not perpetuate this problem? This town will be much better off and a standard across the country. I would hope that would renew your pride in this town. There is plenty of good here. Parents speaking out against this problem is a good thing not a bad thing. I hope that I or others speaking out are not being misinterpreted as one of these parents who come off thinking they are better than anyone else. That would be a shame. I want to help a situation so we don't have it happen again. I don't want kids to be afraid, and they are. It is difficult to say nothing.
Milk Toast June 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
an inmate upstate? really? What does my having actual experience have to do with the name i choose to post here - seriously, why would it make a difference to you who i was? so you can give my mother a dirty look next time you see her grocery shopping? i don't live in rye anymore (because i got a job and don't live in my parents basement) but i did for my entire adolescence and high school years. i'm not trying to talk tough to "girls" on blogs, i'm trying to present a side against the people who troll articles like this on their high-horse who get all up in arms just because one kids mom thought a bruise on the butt was hospital worthy. so i guess for (at least) the second time, someone is going to dismiss your complaint because it has no basis in fact.
Milk Toast June 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
there's missing a point, and then there's what you wrote, Rye Bred... you saying that's happened to you and is now your turn to pass on? parents spank their children all the time to make a point, get them to listen, and teach them to respect their elders - not far off from what's going on in this tradition - yes, annual tradition. It's a paddle to the butt and only "humiliating" if you forget to cup the boys! If this were to happen to my son, I'd hope the guys who did it take him out for a beer and create a lasting friendship like i now have from my experience
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I'm sure your son feels very fortunate to have a father who wouldn't mind if he got kidnapped and beaten.
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Milk Toast, I'm sure your son feels very fortunate to have a father that wouldn't mind if he was kidnapped and beaten.
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
And your wife must be thrilled she married such a compassionate man.
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It's that kind of parenting that creates bullies in the first place.
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 09:55 PM
And finally, any guy who refers to his testicles as "the boys" is certainly an intellect to be reckoned with. Andrew Dice Clay called; he wants his glasses back.
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Well said.
Rye Bred June 07, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Milk Toast, you may find this link to be helpful in understanding why you are so grateful for having been paddled all those years ago: http://www.outsports.com/campus/2006/0524hazing.htm
Jim Amico June 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I can not believe some of the crap I am reading here.....some of you are off your damn rocker!!! Let's get something straight.....you do not take minors into the woods and beat them with logs and 2x4's and call it "hazing".....take one of my boyz and pull this crap and u will wish I called the cops first!!! You people condoning this need to be taken into the woods and beaten with logs & 2x4's and let us tell you how it's "no big deal", "it's only hazing", "it's been going on for years", etc etc,....for christs sake, listen to yourselves...you are all sick BAS***** and should be dealt with accordingly!!!
Jack June 08, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Really!? It's small town, self obsessed people like all of you that make me laugh. Drive your Range Rovers 20 mins to the South Bronx and volunteer for a day in one of their public high schools and get back to me. Or serve some people at a soup kitchen. Rubys and The Pub wont miss you. Open your eyes, crawl out of your narrow worlds and wake up. No one gives a damn about Rye, NY and it's superficial, egotistical bs.
Conservative NYer June 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Totally agree! I said the same exact thing. If that ever happened to my children the POS who did the hazing better pray that the police reach them first!! Because they would be much safer than going against a mother who will protect her children at ALL COST!
Conservative NYer June 08, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This is nothing about social structures Mr. jack or where you reside sir. This is about outright assault that NO PERSON should have to go through whether you hail from the South Bronx, South Yonkers, Mout Vernon, Harrison, Rye, San Francisco, Miami, St. Petersburg, or somewhere in South Dakota, etc..... This was NOT a hazing but pure, evil abuse. When you get a pack of boys like that the "Lord of the Flies" and/or mob mentality takes over and once you go over that line it and someone is in the hospital THAT IS GOING OVER THE LINE!! Just because it happened in Rye does not make it any less irrevelent. IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED! Period, END>>>> You may not give a damn about Rye but the residents WHO live THERE and pay TAXES DO and raise their children to be productive citizens instead of OWS'ers DO!!
amp June 08, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Jack....do you think it is okay for kids to feel fear of being hurt when they leave school? why is this concern superficial? do you have children? do you like when they are feeling pain? do you like when they are afraid? how is this in anyway superficial? and what does the type of car people drive or the the local businesses one frequents have anything to do with children being arrested as adults or other children going to the hospital? i don't understand your connections? i don't deny that there are types like that in this town, but what does that have to do with hazing/paddling/bullying? do you think everyone should just look the other way and not care about the children that were in fact actually hurt or the other children who are now dealing with felony charges? in a situation like this, i will say it again.....it is impossible to say nothing.
Jim Amico June 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
@ ERIC L., What should we be ashamed of? Are you serious, please tell me your joking!!! And stop calling this hazing, paddling someone on the A** is a whole different story from what happened to these kids.....there was NO PADDLE...it was LOGS & 2x4's!!! Do you have boys? Bring them by my home so I can PADDLE them for you, hopefully you have two boys, then you can bring me the second one so I can beat him with "LOGS & 2x4's.....then get back to me with your pathetic opinion on this matter!!!
Rye Bred June 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Ouch. Sounds like somebody got up on the wrong side of the trailer this morning! I think your point is that 'we should be thankful that we are not living with the crushing poverty and violence that exists in places like the Bronx and should therefore look the other way when inconsequential things like abduction and beatings happen to our kids.' I think your point is irrelevant and ridiculous. By the way, I drive a Ford.
Jack June 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
You guys make some good points. I guess in the big picture I was suggesting that some perspective needed to gained here. I don't mean to minimize the situation. At the end of the day three boys have been made examples and rightfully so. Seemingly putting an end to this silly annual practice and bringing this "crisis" to a close. Yes families will be affected. Sometimes thats what it takes. So many advantages that people in your affluent town have. Be grateful for those. Because survival in so many other towns and high schools is a daily struggle. And they're right in your backyard.
amp June 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Jack at 7:23am and Jack at 11:29am sound like two different people. Perspective on this situation is important however, we are past the point of doing nothing and expecting everyone to fall in step. Stringent consequences must be set in place now to avoid this situation reoccurring. The line cannot be blurred for anyone. I do not want to focus on blame but rather on a solution. I believe in NO TOLERANCE. I believe the school should expel anyone whoever PADDLES/BULLIES/HAZES another student no matter what the circumstance. I also believe there should be a stiff financial penalty. Some may find this suggestion extreme and some may find it lacking. I think we need to err on the side of caution. If all the students are aware of the consequences and they still make the choice to PADDLE/HAZE/BULLY, then these penalties are not enough. Hopefully, if serious action is taken, we will not have to deal with this again as a community.
Rye Bred June 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
It may surprise you to know that many people in this town are accutely aware of the suffering that exists in the world around us. We don't need to be taught a lesson about humility or the human condition. You are the one who needs to be reminded that putting labels and stereotypes on people ... based on skin color, sex or socioeconomic status ... is offensive.
RyeDad June 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
It seems the Journal News doesn't believe Dr. Shine either. http://www.lohud.com/article/20120608/OPINION/306080043/Editorial-Silence-feeds-into-hazing?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage
please stop June 09, 2012 at 05:35 PM
the problem with that amp, is that you would have to expel,penalize financially,and levy felony charges against a tremendous number of students past and present. blame is also different than responsibility. you're suggestion is tantamount to literally destroying the lives of these three boys. and while clearly there must be commensurate punishment ,you must understand, this awful 'tradition" has been going on under all of our noses for decades. you, as a parent, are as complicit as the administration, the teachers,the students and law enforcement. no change can be made without accountability. not blame, but responsibility. what greater purpose is served by destroying more lives as opposed to using these boys as a teaching tool in the school. the punishment you suggest creates a safe ivory tower from which you can pretend this is someone else's problem.
amp June 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM
'please stop'......i'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say, but i'm pretty sure I disagree with your assessment. it doesn't matter. i'm not trying to destroy anyone's lives much less these three boys. i'm trying to prevent this from happening again. i'm not in to blame. i'm into solutions.
Liz E June 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
With all due respect, part of the problem is lack of consequences. It's sad that it had to come to this, we couldn't protect what we did not know. This year a few victims had the courage to come forward and now we know. My heart goes out to any person who makes a bad choice, we're all capable of it, but if we are not held accountable, if we don't hold people accountable, we are enabling behavior to continue. I don't know what I would do if it were my child who was beaten....I really don't know, but I do know it's not for me to judge another person's pain or process.
please stop June 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
not sure what you don't understand. thought i was pretty clear. difficult to imagine that adult felony charges and and crushing legal expenses amount to lack of consequence. i suppose what i'm suggesting is that its just not ok to say "i'm not the problem" anymore. ignorance is not defensible. i am a parent of many children, have lived in rye for over a fifteen years and i have heard of this happening from my children. are you really telling me you have never heard about this going on? i accept my responsibility for having not been more proactive but i find it impossible to believe that i am alone. " i am not to blame" just doesn't cut it anymore.
Man manly June 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM
A few bruises on two kids legs and asses are not worth sending three innocent good kids to jail over. Freshman Friday is a positive and great tradition at rye and it is what we stand for. Here at rye we need to teach our young men to be less emotional and feminine so that they are not eaten alive in the real world. I myself and anyone else with half a brain our any dignity of manhood should be greatly disgusted in what is happening to these fine young gentlemen who may be facing jail time.


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