Rye High School Hazing Case Heads Back To Court

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Three Rye High School students accused of hazing several incoming freshman in June are due back in Rye City Court on Tuesday. Photo Credit: File

RYE, N.Y. ‒ The case of three Rye High School students charged with felony assault during an alleged hazing incident involving several eighth-graders will reconvene Tuesday.

The case was originally adjourned July 21 and rescheduled for Sept. 11 at the request of the defense. On Sept. 11, the teens' attorney asked for a second adjournment. The three are now due in Rye City Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 9.

According to a statement made by Westchester Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth in June, the students, now seniors, forced several incoming freshman students into a car in front of the Rye Free Reading Room on June 1. They drove to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye and paddled two of the younger students with a large piece of wood. The paddling caused bruising and other injuries to the students' buttocks and legs, and one was treated at a hospital for his injuries, Longworth said.

The defendants – Max Meyerson, 16, Sean Pinson, 17, and Tristan Scragg, 17 – were arrested June 1 and charged with second-degree assault, a felony, as well as hazing and unlawful imprisonment, both misdemeanors. The Westchester County Police and the Rye Police Department investigated the incident.

At the teens’ arraignment June 12, all three pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor hazing and unlawful imprisonment charges. No pleas were entered on the assault charges.

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