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Second Student Charged in Hazing Incident

May 23, 2003

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) _ A second teenager was charged Thursday with helping supply beer to high school students who took part in a violent hazing incident captured on videotape, authorities said.

Grant Lustig, 18, was charged with unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a minor, prosecutors said. The senior at Glenbrook North High School allegedly brought beer to the park where the May 4 hazing took place.

Videotape of the ``powder puff″ event shows senior girls covering junior girls with mud, paint, feces and garbage as onlookers, some hoisting beer cups, cheered.

Lustig turned himself in at the Cook County court in Skokie, according to the state’s attorney. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and fined as much as $2,500. Telephone calls Thursday to his home went unanswered.

On Wednesday, Dominic Vargas, 18, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor for also allegedly bringing beer to the event.

Two parents have been charged with alcohol-related misdemeanors as well. Vargas’ mother allegedly bought three kegs of beer, two of which were found at the park. The second woman allegedly allowed her home to be used for underaged drinking at a party the morning of the hazing.

Fifteen students, including Vargas, have also been charged with battery.

The school board will meet Sunday to decide whether to expel seniors suspended after the hazing, while students consider a deal offered by the district that would allow them to graduate on time.

Students still would be expelled and barred from the graduation ceremony, but the school would freeze their grades at their previous levels instead of automatically flunking them.

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