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Chicken-Fried News: Through the haze


(Madeline Hancock)
  • Madeline Hancock

Though hazing at universities has made news headlines for years, anti-bullying campaigns are just now taking over social media and bullying, long considered a normal part of childhood, is now a serious offense.

Four football players at Oklahoma Union High School in South Coffeyville might face legal consequences after an unspecified incident in a locker room.

According to an Oct. 23 story on, the students were expelled and are under police investigation until it is determined whether a crime was committed.

The head football coach, Rich Giesen, has been asked to resign, though he claims he had no knowledge of the hazing incident. However, he will continue teaching math at Union.

But this isn’t the first time Giesen has suffered consequences due to incidents involving students under his care.

Oct. 24, The Tulsa World reported finding a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette about Giesen losing a coaching job at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville, Kansas, due to another incident in a locker room.

Though questions of background checks and what is happening to students Giesen is responsible for come to mind, Oklahoma Union High School is doing something about it. It announced plans to bring in a bullying specialist — yes, those exist now — to help deal with the problem.

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