RYE, N.Y. ‒ The Rye Daily Voice will lead into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the Top 10 headlines from 2012.
One of the top stories involved a longstanding "tradition" in town after three Rye High School seniors were accused of hazing eighth-graders.
Max Meyerson, 16; Sean Pinson, 17; and Tristan Scragg, 17 were accused of forcing several incoming freshmen into a car in front of the Rye Free Reading Room on June 1, according to a statement made by Westchester Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth.
They drove to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye and are accused of paddling two of the younger students with a large piece of wood, Longworth said. The paddling caused bruising and other injuries to the students' buttocks and legs, and one was treated at a hospital.
The case was adjourned three times prior to meeting, on July 21, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9, at the request of the defense until Rye City Court met Oct. 16. The records of the case were immediately sealed and felony assault charges were dropped.
In anticipation of a plea negotiation, the original felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors, which required the proceedings to be sealed. The three teens had also been charged with two misdemeanors – hazing and unlawful imprisonment.
The Westchester County Police and the Rye Police Department investigated.