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12 juvenile males involved in hazing incident in Bothell, several struck with switches
The Snohomish County Sheriff's Department is investigating a hazing incident after finding several boys bent over a log with open wounds from being struck with switches on Monday night.
Police responded to the 23900 block of Carter Road in Bothell around 10:40 p.m. for a report of males yelling in a large wooded area. They found 12 males, ages 16 to 18, some of whom were dressed in only shorts.
Police say some of the boys were bent over a log and had open wounds from being struck with switches and other items. Some of the juveniles also appeared to be suffering from hypothermia so aid cars were requested to respond.
The boys who were injured and were hypothermic were treated at the scene and released. Police contacted the boys’ parents and the males were released to them.
Seven juvenile males were identified as potential victims but stated they were part of an “unofficial hazing” process related to their school and each stated they did not want to cooperate in a police investigation.
Five 18-year-old males were also identified as potential suspects but have not been charged with any crimes at this time.