Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

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By edhat staff

A lawsuit alleges Dos Pueblos High School baseball players tricked a teammate into eating a contaminated doughnut during a sponsored spring break trip, reports KEYT News.

The lawsuit was filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court last month claiming that while on in Rancho Cucamonga last March, two boys collected foreign substances from members of the team into a cup to "lather it onto a doughnut." At least seven former members of the baseball team tricked a teammate into eating the doughnut that had been contaminated with "a potentially harmful foreign organic substance from their own bodies."

The plaintiff in the lawsuit allegedly took bites of the doughnut without realizing what had been done to it. 

The lawsuit continues to claim there were multiple hazing events during the trip at an Ontario hotel and that coaches and chaperones were out drinking instead of enforcing bed checks and curfew.

KEYT reports the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office was contacted to avoid any potential conflict of interest as the Goleta high school's resource deputy is also the head baseball coach. The Sheriff's Office conducted interviews and handed the case to the County District Attorney's Office and also the Ontario Police Department. All decided not to file criminal charges.

The case came up again in February when the Sheriff's Office reconducted interviews after learning two of the former players had told teammates not to cooperate with the original investigation. The District Attorney's Office decided again not to file criminal charges, reports KEYT.

The plaintiff wants to be financially compensated, according to the April lawsuit, for emotional distress that stem from the incident. The Santa Barbara Unified School District and members of the baseball team allegedly involved in the incident are listed as defendants.

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a-1560931790 May 18, 2019 09:24 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Agree that sports should be a non school event and that school should be for academics only! With the exception of PE to help keep our kids active they only serve to distract and interfere with learning. We could use that money towards better education for the actual teachers and resources for the schools themselves. This whole thing is so symbolic of our weirdly fanatic sports culture and how so many put these young athletes on a pedestal and let them get away with heiness crap.

Luvaduck May 18, 2019 09:04 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Someone with psychological training: Why do adolescent males do this sort of thing? I get it that their prefrontal cortexes aren't fully developed, but shouldn't that sort of thing be a thought not a deed at most?

Factotum May 18, 2019 09:36 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

All societies have adolescent rites of passage - when young boys particularly go through a ritual hazing of some sort in order to become men and take on new adult roles. We don't formalize this male rite of passage in this country, but there have been other symbolic rituals that are less commonplace - Bar Mitzvahs, Eagle Scout badges, joining the military, male affinity group hazings ....some more successful than others. But the process by which of boys transition into male adults remains unfinished business in our contemporary society.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 03:39 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

There is a lot of misinformation in the filing which is driving these news articles. Please keep in mind that this is ONE side of the story, and look at all of the entities that refused to file charges ( denied by 3 District Attorneys). The only reason they were able to file a civil case is because a relative is an attorney. I am not condoning these actions, but please understand that you are only hearing one side of the story before you judge.

PitMix May 20, 2019 11:33 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

You seem to be saying that the charges are untrue. It is just as likely that there is not enough written incontrovertible evidence to get a conviction, and the DAs hate to try cases that aren't clear winners. Since the burden of proof is lower in civil trials, maybe that is where they will get some justice. Also, it is not that easy to find a lawyer when you need one. They only like to take winners also, to ensure they can get a lucrative judgment. I had to go to LA recently to find one that would help me.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 02:39 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Hate to say it but SBUSD's administration is a total failure--I know first hand that they've put kids in danger, lied repeatedly to parents, covered up misconduct, and the list goes on. Matsuoka and Wageneck need to go. Board members get this under control or get out--you can have your political stepping stone position, but you damn well better serve our kids while you're there.

PitMix May 17, 2019 01:21 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

My hope is that bullying in schools has gotten better for today's kids, but stories like these and from Colorado schools make me think that it isn't. You wonder why forcing a kid to eat contaminated food is not worthy of a misdemeanor charge or two. Can anyone from the DA's office explain their thinking on this?

a-1560931790 May 21, 2019 12:09 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

It may have been denied by "3 district attorneys" because there was no crime committed that could be prosecuted. This was/is VERY much a civil situation involving intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other civil law issues.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 12:19 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

I'm a parent of student athletes and a huge supporter of youth athletics but this is yet another example of why athletics should be removed from High Schools. Kids want to play sports? Fantastic. Get kids on a traveling or club team. Schools are for academics!

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 02:16 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

at 2:06 - if a kid has the capacity (or lack thereof) to do something that sick and disgusting to another kid, he's going to do it whether it's on a road trip, in the gym locker room, at lunch, at prom, or anywhere kids are kids. I really doubt being on a baseball tournament road trip was the cause of this. Stop blaming sports and start blaming the awful kids (and parenting) that causes this!

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 02:13 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Students in the rest of the world play sports only in clubs. Friends from Germany and Korea think that our high school sports teams are charming, but they are floored that we spend so much time and money on such endeavors.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 02:06 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

We can all speculate, but sure: If they had not been on an overnight road trip related to an athletic event this specific act probably never would have occurred. Idle hands, and all that.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 12:34 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Club sports are businesses. That can be sued and put out of business. They're not perfect, but crap like this is not condoned for a second. There may be bullies in school, but this was "hazing" and that's generally unique to athletics.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 12:26 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

How would removing athletics from High School stop this kind of disgusting behavior? What they did was not due to being on a sports team. Sickos like this would do this kind of thing regardless of whether they're playing sports or not. It's bullying and has nothing to do with athletics in school. The people involved need to be punished, not athletics as a whole.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 01:44 PM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

LINK: https://www.sbcourts.org/os/ind/civil-parties.php?CasNum=19CV02244 ...... 04/26/2019.....19CV02244......Defendant: Darke, Drew......Defendant: Kling, Evan......Defendant: Santa Barbara Unified School District

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 10:36 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Also, not sure why everyone is hiding the names of the kids that did this. They are posted right on line on the SB Court Calendar. I was surprised to learn about one of the boys because hes a great kid but definitely NOT surprised at the other kid. All that chirping he did all season... maybe it is karma.

Factotum May 17, 2019 10:06 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

Elected SBUSD school board members appear to be very lax in their fiduciary oversight of district operations, learning about these pattern of multiple and long-standing complaints against district personnel. Where was the school board's first loyalty - to the school employee unions who supported their election or to the students, parents and residents of this district? The board needs to make a public statement about these reported patterns of transgressions, and how they view their own role in their prevention, remediation or mitigation. But first board members must acknowledge their first duty and responsibility is to district students and parents. From deficient academic scores and now multiple campus climate and conduct problems, we are not being well served by the current nor former elected SBUSD school board members.

a-1560931790 May 17, 2019 10:03 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

This is really upsetting to hear. My son is in 7th grade and baseball is his life, but I'm a little hesitant about him playing at DPHS in 2 years if this is what's going on.

oops May 17, 2019 09:52 AM
Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit

I am not surprised. Formal complaints were made when my son was on the DP team a couple years back. No action or response was received by the Principal & the Athletic Director (Feldhaus). It wasn't until the SBUSD HR department was contacted that the issue was brought to their attention. That particular baseball coach (predecessor to the current coach) departed the following year with little to no explanation to the public.

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