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Teen Gets Community Service in Hazing Case

August 15, 2003

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) _ The first teenager sentenced for battery in a violent high school hazing incident that was caught on videotape received 50 hours of community service and a year of supervision.

Marnie Gaule, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of battery for her role in the May 4 melee involving Glenbrook North High School students, according to Jerry Lawrence, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Prosecutors characterized Gaule’s action as a guilty plea. Gaule’s attorney, Charles Piet, said his client did not admit guilt but rather agreed with testimony that witnesses would give if they were called at a trial.

``As I’m sure all of the people will be, she is glad to get this behind her,″ Piet said.

Gaule was the first to be sentenced among more than a dozen senior girls and young women charged in the incident, which gained worldwide attention as the videotape of it was played on news programs. The tape shows junior girls from Glenbrook North being covered with mud, paint, feces and garbage as onlookers, some hoisting beer cups, cheered.

In July, Grant Lustig, 18, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a minor, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days of community service and ordered to undergo alcohol evaluation.

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