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Superintendent: Procedural mistake made in hazing cases

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MILTON, Vermont — A Vermont school superintendent says the district failed to notify all parents of alleged hazing victims in incidents involving members of the high school football team.

Milton Superintendent John Barone told a public forum Thursday that procedurally, the district made a mistake.

Five men ranging in age from 18-20 were accused of hazing in 2011 and 2012. Court documents accuse them of holding initiations at homes and at the high school. They've pleaded not guilty.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1E8lRJy) among those speaking were family members of Jordan Preavy, a 17-year-old former Milton football player who committed suicide in 2012. Court records show the death came within a year after he was sexually abused during a hazing ritual.

His father, Sean Preavy, said schools should be a safe place.

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