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Superintendent placed on leave over school hazing incident

March 2, 2018

COLFAX, N.D. (AP) — The superintendent of a North Dakota high school has been placed on paid administrative leave over an alleged hazing incident.

The Richland 44 School Board says Superintendent Tim Godfrey was notified about the decision Thursday. No further details were available.

Richland County authorities have referred five boys to juvenile court for their roles in the alleged misconduct. The combined offences included nine counts of felonious restraint and one count of terrorizing, both felonies; 13 counts of hazing and 11 counts of sexual assault, both misdemeanors.

In addition, details of another incident that happened in Bismarck were referred to police there.

A parent first notified the school of the alleged student misconduct on Jan. 17. Godfrey has said the alleged misbehavior occurred in the boys’ locker room.

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