High school football players 'hazed younger teammates by branding their stomachs with hot coat hangers'
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.'