High school football players 'hazed younger teammates by branding their stomachs with hot coat hangers'
Posted 11/7/2013 12:16:00 PM

Three Kansas high school football players are  accused of branding the stomachs of several freshman players with a hot coat  hanger in a disturbing hazing incident.

Kendric Hudson, 18, has been charged with  three counts of aggravated battery and misdemeanor hazing; Jaiden Casanova, 18,  with aggravated battery and hazing; and 16-year-old Cody Curl with aggravated  battery in the November 1 incident.

The students twisted the hanger back and  forth until it got hot enough to leave random burn marks on the skin of four  14-and 15-year-olds in the Hutchinson High School locker room, prosecutors  said.

The young players had just been moved up to  the varsity squad.

'I think of branding as using a hot iron  heated in coals or a fire,' Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder said  on Wednesday, adding that the students were not marked with a consistent symbol.

'But I guess if you burn someone with  something it is branding. It's a matter of semantics. Whether it leaves a  permanent mark or not is unclear.'

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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