Academics chaperoning a subject journey the place a Queens highschool scholar was badly burned and sexually assaulted by fellow JROTC cadets knew concerning the disturbing annual antics, however failed to stop it, the household alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Queens Supreme Courtroom towards town Division of Training.
A 15-year-old scholar at Francis Lewis HS in Contemporary Meadows says he was compelled to put on his abdomen as an older cadet repeatedly pressed a scorching garments iron into his buttocks, telling him “it was custom, and I must be grateful, as a result of it has been lots worse up to now,” The Submit completely reported final November.
A second cadet tried to anally penetrate the youthful scholar together with his finger and ordered the boy to masturbate, he charged.
The alleged hazing occurred throughout an in a single day keep in April 2018 at a Hilton Backyard Inn in Westampton in Burlington County, NJ, the place the JROTC’s elite athletic squad, The Raiders, took half in a yearly competitors on the Fort Dix navy base.
The lawsuit blames a “tradition of hazing, bullying, assault and abuse” within the Francis Lewis JROTC program, one of many greatest within the nation.
The instructor chaperones, Col. Albert LaHood, the chief navy teacher, Christopher Sprint, Shirley Madison and Peter Rompf “knew of the . . . hazing ritual” however “have been intentionally detached,” the go well with alleges.
LaHood denied any data of the ritual.
“I used to be not conscious of the hazing custom,” LaHood advised The Submit. “That is the act of two rogue boys, and it’s unhappy and tragic.”
Rompf mentioned he retired a 12 months prior and was not on the journey.
The Burlington County Prosecutor charged the 2 teenagers Wednesday with a number of felony counts of hazing and assault.
The names of the 2 17-year-olds weren’t made public as a result of they have been charged as juveniles. The general public defender’s workplace, which is representing each teenagers, declined to remark.
The town DOE mentioned it’s now tightening supervision on in a single day subject journeys. Francis Lewis disbanded the Raiders final June.
The boy’s mother and father are suing for unspecified damages to cowl the medical and remedy therapy their son has acquired.
“The mother and father really feel that the current felony expenses towards the person assailants are applicable given the severity of this occasion,” mentioned the household’s lawyer, Michael Kutner of Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson.
“However they need the adults and establishments that failed their son on so many ranges to be held accountable as effectively.”