Something Is Missing in High School Hazing Stories: Adults

BERWYN, Pa. — On my way to Conestoga High School last week to learn about accusations of brutal hazing by the football team, I felt as if I’d been to this place before.

I hadn’t been to Chester County. That’s where Thomas P. Hogan, the district attorney, charged three high school seniors this month with crimes related to an assault inside their football team’s locker room.

But this scene, this issue, was all too familiar. Young athletes accused of behaving badly, criminally badly, because of a twisted group mentality, and a town that is left both stunned and divided.