Hazing = charges
End-of-the-year hazing may have been the beginnings of an acting career for Ben Affleck (of 1993's Dazed and Confused) but it's brought fourth-degree assault charges to a Lake Oswego teen. He will be referred to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.
Last Thursday, Lake Oswego police arrested a 16-year-old boy after he allegedly hit a 14-year-old boy with a wooden paddle.
Junior high students at the scene at a store on Boones Ferry Road alerted police who were patrolling the area after a call that a group of around 30 juveniles were roaming the street.
The kids told the police the name of the 16-year-old that had hit their friend and police found him a block away.
The victim was struck several times but did not need to go to the hospital.
'We have seen activity of this nature in the past but not necessarily paddling per se,' said Lake Oswego Police Capt. Don Foreman.
The police seized a total of four paddles, which were described as rush paddles used during initiation for fraternities. One of the paddles was inscribed with '1955 Oregon State College.'
The person who had three of the paddles denied ownership of them as well as having hit anyone with them.
'We don't know if that's all that's out there but that's all we managed to find,' said Foreman. 'We don't know whether or not anyone else was struck.'