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Suspects identified in BHS hazing

December 7, 2010

BLACKFOOT — The four former Blackfoot athletes facing charges relating to hazing incidents last year have been served.
The four adults and an unidentified juvenile were identified after the Blackfoot Police Department in cooperation with the administration and staff at Blackfoot High School began an investigation in September after students came forward to report incidences of harassment, intimidation and bullying. The investigation is ongoing.
Nathan Walker, Logan Chidester, Anthony Clarke and Tyson Katseanes are scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges of forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object and misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment in Magistrate Court in Bingham County Dec. 23.

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December 17, 2010 by teacherk (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 186

WOW

December 16, 2010 by dddriver, 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 175

I am shocked about what is happening here. I'm a former student athlete that attended BHS and have been very proud of what the football program has achieved the last few years. Its one of the few things good about blackfoot, but when my father informed me what was being alleged in this certain case I was in awe. Now I know every student athlete has his or her stories of "hazing" its a tradition, especially if you participate in football or basketball, and to be honest there has probably been worst things that have happen in the past without any charges being brought out, its just sad to see blackfoot finally getting some positive recognition and something negative has to come out. Now a days it seems like you can get charged with just about anything, which leads me to assume that almost every student athlete that went to BHS in the last 30 years could be charged with at least harrassment. this is a simple case of just that, all that other outrageous allegations are probably going to be dropped, its just sad because of the negativity this situtation has brought onto the blackfoot community.

Yes we are all proud of the

December 16, 2010 by Really... (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 177

Yes we are all proud of the football program, but guess what? There are several other very successful programs at that school that get no recognition because the kids involved are good kids! If what you say is true and sodomy and physical abuse are "traditions" for football and basketball then we have a much bigger problem on our hands than we think! Maybe these boys should have thought about the reprocutions of their actions and how they would reflect on the school and our community before they did them. For you to be taking these accusations so lightly is disturbing.

Anybody can make accusations,

December 16, 2010 by dddriver, 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 178

Anybody can make accusations, its wether or not they are strong enough to hold up in court. We really don't know the details of the case, but its safe to assume that yes these accusations are serious, but also its safe to assume the accusations are also coming from multiple sources that will have their credibility put to the test during this process. Let's not forget these are high school kids or just barely out of high school, I'm sure they are not angels themselves. But I guess the attorney will dive into that relm. As for hazing traditions, EVERYBODY has been through them, if u played sports at BHS. As much as you would like to say its not right and kids shouldn't be doing it, its a harsh reality for people who think every kid who participates in high althletics are "model" students. Some hazing occurs in every level of athletics, sometimes its pushed too far but for the most part its just how things are. Something everybody will have to talk to their kids about when they are thinking about picking up a sport. I'm pretty sure the charges will more than likely get reduced if not dropped. First offense usually always do, especially in bingham county and ESPECIALLY if you have a decent laywer. Anyways, I'm off to take my final. Good day

similiar story about hazing incident

December 17, 2010 by Blackfoot Resident (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 181

difference between scout abuse and the bhs abuse case

December 11, 2010 by teacherk (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 156

Yes Benny, there is a huge difference between the scout abuse case and this Blackfoot High School abuse case. One scout leader abused one boy each time. This Blackfoot case had 3 or 4 men holding down one boy during the abuse. Some of these boys were abused more than once. This is a very serious case, that is why these are felony charges. If there were people trying to covering this up,that crime will be just as big or bigger.

Learn from the Boy Scout abuse case "Scouts' Honor"

December 9, 2010 by teacherk (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 137

In 2005, many articles were written in the Post Register about a scout leader abusing youths. Letters to the editor were in the paper everyday.
This case totally divided the City of Idaho Falls and the surrounding area. Many parents even stopped contributing to the scouts. Over 20 boys were molested by one scout leader. The 13 and 14 year old brothers that pressed the charges against the scouts,were called all kinds of names and their family received many threats. This family suffered deeply in many ways. After many legal trials, the boy scouts finally implemeted many changes to protect the boys under their leadership. From talking to the current boy scout leadership, things seem to be going smoothly. The two boys and their family that sued the Teton Council, were later given an award from the boy scouts for being brave and reporting the abuses. The Post Register also received an important newspaper award for the investigative reporting on this case. The reporter for these articles received so many threats, he finally moved. Story on the Post Register website under Scouts' Honor.
This Blackfoot High School case also involves men(18 years old) abusing boys.

The boys where all under 18

December 10, 2010 by benny (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 141

The boys where all under 18 when this all happened. There is a huge difference between what happen to the scouts and what happened at the school. So dont even compare them to that. They have the right to a fair trial so people need to back off. There is so much more to this story that the public dont know. But that is par for coarse.

not so

December 10, 2010 by marieosmond (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 149

The 4 who were named were in fact 18 at the time, or their names would not be released, like the 5th boy's name which is withheld for that very reason.

Anger and Sadness

December 9, 2010 by buggs135 (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 135

As a member of the Blackfoot community and as a mother of children that attend the high school, I feel very sadden for the victims and their families and for the families of those boys, I know some of them and they are outstanding people and although I know that these kids were raised right, taught right from wrong, they should be punished for there actions. I do not feel however that we should be blaming parents, teachers or school administrators, high school kids can not be watched over 24/7, and they shouldn't have to be, they know whats right from wrong and they all know how to say no, I'm sure they've said it plenty of times to their parents, I guess what I am trying to say is it is these boys that we need to hold accountable, if we do nothing to them and punish school teachers and administrators what will they learn... nothing! I think they need to be dealt the consequences if found guilty and I hope that it isn't merely probabtion. I also do not feel like the school district was trying to cover anything up, i think they did the right thing by turning the allegations over to the police and letting them do an investigation, I don't think that it was anybody eles business to know what was going on before the police did a proper investigation.

There is a difference between

December 10, 2010 by benny (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 142

There is a difference between holding them accountable for there actions and cursifing them. And unfortunatly many people knew about this a year ago. Even some of the coaches. So, why cant they be held for some of the accountabilty. oh yeah, they wanted the state title. Thats what they wanted and they needed these boys to make it happen. Tell me how this is fair?? And yes I have kids in this school district but I also know there is always more to a story then what the paper publishes. And I will say it again..If this is such a big issue then why did it take so long for them to do something?? Interesting question isnt it!!

somewhat agree...

December 10, 2010 by Really... (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 147

I agree with the fact that the coaches should be held accountable for the simple fact that they did know about it last year. Your right, they needed those boys for the state championship game. The wellbeing of the victims was put on the back burner because of a game and that is just plain wrong. I have heard about this happening several times for the sake of an athletic team (boys athletic teams to clarify) at the school. So when is it going to stop?

two sides to everything!!

December 9, 2010 by benny (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 123

I just wanted to say I think that what was done was unapporpriate and should have consquences. But there are TWO sides to everything!. And what exactly was the foriegn object??? Yeah,you dont no!! Giving somebody a wedgie so bad that it hurts the person is considered a foriegn object. So until you know the WHOLE story dont go playing blame or judgement. I know what it is like to be destroyed in the town of blackfoot over crap in the paper, you never get the whole story. These boys need to have a fair trial. And tell me this,if it was such a big deal why didnt the parents do something about it a year ago! Why wait till know?? Something that happened in high school shouldn't destory there lives!Everybody did stupid stuff in high school, just most didnt get caught.

Benny

December 16, 2010 by marie1996 (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 173

Everybody did stupid stuff in high school, however I don't recall anyone ever being penetrated when I was there. In fact, I don't know why a bunch of boys would even think of this. Why would they want to penetrate another boy with anything? The victims waited because they were scared and humiliated. There are battery charges pending as well, so some verbal threats followed by physical threats were made. I can't speak to why it took 5 months for this to come to light.(It was said in the paper that the incidents took place between December - February 2009, so about 5 or six months is how long it took for the investigation to start) I just don't think this falls in the category of "stupid high school stuff". It's far more. I strongly feel that there should be repercussions for coaches, bus drivers, administrators and the superintendent. I think any educator that was aware should be punished. You can claim that these boys were just being stupid, but the adults knew it was wrong without doubt. If there was an adult on that bus they were aware.

UNbelievable!!

December 9, 2010 by blackfoot (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 116

You wonder how sexual assault gets overlooked? Read these comments. If it's a jock or a "favorite" family in the community they can "forcibly penetrate" a young man and people are lined up to defend them. What a community! What is the difference between this and taking your little 14 year old girl out in the woods and raping her? . . .oh, yeah, sports!!!!!! They deserve a fair trial, but the ones making excuses for them are without Morals! Yea, go broncos.

Disgusted

December 9, 2010 by disgusted alumni (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 115

It is heartbreaking, disgusting, and horrific to hear about these events that have taken place at Blackfoot High. I cannot even begin to think what these boys( and not even close to being men now) were even thinking to do this and thought it was funny and harmless to these victims. It absolutely does not matter that it was a year ago at all!!! The fact is that it happened and something needs to and will be done to justify these actions. Hazing is illegal everywhere!!! And how can this not go unnoticed when it happens on the school bus. For one to say that they cant do anything about hazing that happens right under your nose is complete insanity. What if your child was sexually assaulted in this way? Would you expect the supervisor of these kids to step in and do something or would you rather they tell you to your face that I can't do anything about it. These boys deserve every bit of punishment they receive. Hazing in schools is no joke and will not be taken lightly. I am a recent alumni and former athlete at Blackfoot. I am appalled and ashamed it happened at my high school. God bless these victims for standing up and saying something. It takes a lot of guts to do this and I would expect the community of Blackfoot to stand up for these defenseless boys and not the predators.

Safety First

December 8, 2010 by teacherk (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 111

The most important priority for a school is the physical well-being of the students period! These suspects operated like a gang with no one to police them. If they did this to the boys, what did they do to the girls? Where were the coaches, teachers, and administrators? Did they watch these thugs hurt kids and did nothing to stop the abuse? Why is the administration preventing staff members and students from speaking out? It is time for parents to get involved. Start by talking to your own kids and see if they are fearful to attend BHS. Then report any abuse to the police. If your kids are afraid, then have them start by commenting on this site.

Bill of Rights

December 8, 2010 by shurholl (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 110

Gee, I thought that in America, we had a Constitution that guaranteed every person the right to a fair trial by jury, and that accused only meant accused, not guilty. (for those who judge hastily, lynch mobs and public hangings are out!)God Bless the judge. I would not want that responsibility. P.S. There are two sides to every story.

To Krischid...

December 8, 2010 by BHSmom (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 109

The only reason you want them spared is because you must be related to one of the boys....Right???? I feel bad that every family has to go thru this and I am sure the boys weren't raised to do things like this but the victims didn't deserve this either!!!

To Krischid

December 16, 2010 by marie1996 (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 172

I think your screen name says it all. I applaud you for standing up for your family. However, these boys have been involved in more than just this mess. There was the drug incident last year as well. Innocent until proven guilty is what we should all strive for. You also need to understand the worry and anger the people of this town are feeling. I have a child at BHS and I now worry about safety. No child or parent should have to worry about safety at school. The other problem that keeps people upset is the nature of the charges. Bullying is one thing, but what these boys are accused of is more. It is rape. If girls had been bullied in this manner, that is what it would be called. So many lives are ruined and more to come. I'm very sorry that this is happening to your family, but try to see the other side the same as you ask us too.

To BHS Mom

December 9, 2010 by krischid (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 133

I believe in doing what is morally right and I believe that blaming anyone before they are proven guilty is WRONG. Shame on the media and judging parents.

the bigger "shame on the

December 10, 2010 by marieosmond (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 151

the bigger "shame on the media" would be to not report these charges that have been filed. Nobody is placing blame, I feel they are just reporting the facts, and the facts are that charges were filed. Felony charges. The media, and all of us in this community, have a right to that information.

Consequences

December 8, 2010 by jnolla (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 108

We all make choices everyday. We choose our actions, and consequences follow. These young men made some very bad chioces and hurt others in the process. I am sorry for their victims, who will most likeley have serious emotional scars. I would certainly hope the community would be more than supportive to the victims.

Just because they are "star athletes" should not make them exempt from the punishment of breaking laws. In fact, I have always felt that since athletes represent schools and communities, they should try to live the example of a mentor, as many look up to them. These young men deserve to face the consequences of their horrific actions. I am sorry they made the choices they did, but it was wrong, and they should be punished. In our society so many times youth are "spared" the consequence, and we end up with a situation like we now have in the little town of Blackfoot Idaho.

Hazing?

December 8, 2010 by lmsw (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 105

It is sad that it happened in our community. But it’s nice that it came out. I am certain that it is detrimental to the suspects, the victims, and their families. I have family members that have been suspects and some that have been victims. Being part of their family and living in a conservative area, makes it very difficult to face the community. However, this happening in Blackfoot proves that it may also be happening in other schools/communities. The difference is that this time people got caught in Blackfoot. I can't imagine how many other times this happens without being caught. There are a lot of things that go unsaid to maybe cover up high positioned community members, family values, or church leaders. Until a person that at one time was a victim becomes a suspect and a perpetrator, is when sometimes things like this come out. Worse of is that there were adults on the bus that allowed this to happen. Where was the coach? What is going to happen to the coach and other adults that I understand knew about this. When I asked a freshman basketball player if he knew about this, he said, "...yes but the coach knew about it...” And if there was sexual contact against the will of the victims, why is it being called hazing?

Overreaction

December 8, 2010 by BHSmom (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 104

Seriously,to my understanding it wasn't a Senior to Freshman hazing only! They crossed the line in many different ways, get a grip and face reality that these boys should be punished. I am sure they know right from wrong and simple hazing it was not....I agree that the school doesn't do anything but look the other way from experience of my own. I think not only the boys need to held accountable but the school and coaches, we entrust you with our children to keep them safe while at school or away at activites. Get the coaches out of the front of the bus and mixed among our kids so nothing like this happens again.

hazing

December 8, 2010 by Kibbitt2 (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 103

I am both sadened and angry. This did not need to happen. Upperclassmen have no right to put their hands on anyone! I am sorry for everyone involved in this situation. It has ruined many lives and will still ruin many more. These boys need to be punished for what they did. I don't care if they are in college now they need to know that there are consequences for their actions. It is sad for the families involved because I know some personally and they are great people. I hope that something can come of this. That next time someone thinks it's ok to do put their hands on someone else that they think about this situation and decide against doing anything. Lets make our children responsable for their actions and teach them what is right and wrong. I am sorry this is happening because it is preventable. Such a sad sad situation.

Embarrassed

December 8, 2010 by Footballplayer, 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 102

As a senior I played football for Blackfoot during 2007 when we won Blackfoot it's first football championship. These kids were not hazed when they went to school as underclassmen so I ask where do they think they had the authority to do this to an underclassmen? It makes me sick and embarrassed to say I played with these boys or even at Blackfoot. I can thank them for trashing my name, my school, and my community that I call home. I hope that they don't get off easy because the victims will deal with this the rest of their lives.

Impressive

December 16, 2010 by marie1996 (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 171

I am very impressed to see your comment here. I know that these kids represent a very small minority of students. Unfortunately this scandal is what BHS will be remembered for in the upcoming years. I have a student attending BHS right now and I wonder how safe he is. I am so glad to see both of these comments from former students. More BHS students should stand up for their school.

I played sports as well and

December 9, 2010 by Blackfoot83221, 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 117

I played sports as well and yes we used to prank the underclassmen but we never to it to an extreme like this. It literally discuss me to think they would do something like this.

Overreacting?

December 8, 2010 by bodiddly (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 101

Are you kidding me? Ruin their lives? What about the victims? There isn't a scholarship out there worth the embarrassment and pain these victims are going through. I followed these boys through their entire football years at Blackfoot High School and am ashamed that not only them, but you would take such a dim light on the gravity of this issue. Scott Crane has washed stuff like this under for years "Under-reacting" and this is where it has brought our community to. Scott Crane is the commander and chief of our school district and this is where he needs to resign (he shoved his way into that position anyway). This has happened to boys that haven't even came forward yet because of the embarrassment they are holding inside them. Someone's job needs to be taken for this because it went on way too long before it was aired in the open.

Wow

December 9, 2010 by snowflake (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 125

You are brave to slander in public.

Slander???

December 15, 2010 by Really... (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 168

Here is the definition of slander (defamation):the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, or nation a negative image. It is usually a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed (the claimant). So if the comments made in the original statement about our "comander in chief" are true (which is a matter of personal opinion) then it is not slander, but good try!

twice

December 7, 2010 by marieosmond (not verified), 3 years 38 weeks ago
Comment: 97

A year ago, these same boys (and their friend who is 18 now, but 17 at the time, so it seems like they could name him too...) got suspended for a few games of basketball for failing their drug test. By my count, that is TWICE they have blemished the reputation of the school that cheered for them, honored them, respected them, and graduated them. It makes you wonder, what will they do next?

I have witnessed two of these

December 9, 2010 by Blackfoot83221, 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 118

I have witnessed two of these boys smoke "spice" while they were playing sports. What they did is wrong in so many ways!

Overreaction

December 7, 2010 by krischid (not verified), 3 years 38 weeks ago
Comment: 100

These boys have worked hard to earn scholarships and/or go to college. They are trying to better themselves to become responsible adults. It would be a shame to see them get punished for the rest of their lives over some mistakes they made in highschool. The accusors need to be questioned on their credibility as well. Hazing is a problem in high schools, especially between Seniors and Freshman. I'm sure these boys were hazed at one point during their Freshman year as well, it's a tradition in schools. It's not always right but teenagers will be teenagers. Let's not destroy lives over it, especially a year after the incident happened.

Sad

December 16, 2010 by marie1996 (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 170

It is so upsetting to hear someone lightly dismiss these allegations. Its not hazing and its not bullying. It's rape, plain and simple. It's bad choices yes, but they have ruined the lives of their victims. These kids will never get over what happened. The victims were likely working hard and trying to better themselves as well. Don't they deserve some kind of justice? I know the boys and the families involved and it breaks my heart that this happened. But its not acceptable. The parents in this community should be up in arms about this and should be demanding answers from the school district. There are adults that knew. These things never go unnoticed, but they are excused by some people. Athletes aren't special and they shouldn't get special treatment. If I'm not mistaken, these boys were also involved in the drug scandal at the high school last year as well. Nothing happened then, its time they were shown that they are not going to get away with inappropriate behavior simply because they play sports.

I just wanted to clarify that

December 9, 2010 by 208 (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 119

I just wanted to clarify that of these boys I know at least a couple that certainly didn't work hard to earn scholarships and go to college. I was their classmate. I graduated with them.
In any class I had with them everybody was well-aware that they were the students that cheated on tests and manipulated others to do their work for them. This is why it doesn't surprise me that nobody stopped them if they really did commit the above actions. They possessed an unspoken dominance that both students, teachers, and admittedly myself bowed to at one time or another. That's a fact.

I am sure these boys have

December 8, 2010 by lmsw (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 107

I am sure these boys have worked hard to earn scholarships and/or go to college or even to a mission. But how can you say teenagers will be teenagers and be okay with teenagers using sexual objects to abuse others, regardless. It is againts their will and that is the point. You are right, it does go on and this may have happened to them as well like you said. So who will be next, your child? It might not look or sound as bad to you. And you are right, it might not be as bad as the media is making it sound. The bottom line is, the victims have a different point of view than you do. If not, this case would have not been investigated. Wouldn't you feel humiliated, imbarrased, and hurt physically and mentally if someone would have done that to you?

Salem Witch Trials!

December 9, 2010 by krischid (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 132

Innocent until proven guilty!!! have u ever heard of it? How do you think these boys, that haven't even been before a judge, and very well may be innocent feel like. How do you think their families feel like-being thrown all over the local news and treated like dirt when nothing has been proven. Shame on anyone that judges based on someone's word-that for all we know could be made up. BECAUSE NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVEN. Have some respect for the parents of these 5 boys. I'm sure they have done the best they could for their kids as well and don't want to see them hurt. The Blackfoot community needs to get a life!!!!!

tell me why ?

December 16, 2010 by bigd (not verified), 3 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 180

I understand that you are inoccent untill proven guilty .But you have to think about this and think real hard .For anyone, especially for a boy to come forward and say that he was penatrated in that area would have to be the hardest thing in the world to do .Because now they have not only been sexually assalted they are probably going to get teased and mocked for it. Now i know for some people this concept is hard to understand .but why would they say this ?just for fun !to get teased threatend and mocked !hey that sounds like a lot of fun to me!

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