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Morning Bell: Football players say assault was a class tradition

Good Friday morning!

Four Putnam City High football players accused of holding and penetrating another player with the broken end of a broom handle told police it was a tradition that had been passed down from "class to class," reports The Oklahoman's Tim Willert

The players, who range in age from 15 to 18, confessed verbally and in writing to participating in the assault, according to a Putnam City Schools police report.

"Upperclassmen will use a broomstick to haze underclassmen," one of the suspects told police. "It is referred to as 'Brooming.'"

The 14-year-old victim told Campus Police Chief Mark Stout he was clothed during the assault.

"It hurt really bad," the victim said, according to the report.

Stout, addressing the media Thursday, said the suspects could possibly be criminally charged as adults.

Norman teacher released from hospital

A Cleveland Elementary School (Norman) teacher seriously injured when a school bus rolled over along a central Texas highway was released from the hospital Thursday, a spokeswoman said. A student and a second teacher remained hospitalized, Norman Public Schools spokeswoman Alesha Leemaster said. A mother of one of the students described to People.com the horror she felt when she heard about the accident and received a call from her injured daughter. "‘I’m covered in blood! I’m covered in blood!'" the mother recalled her daughter saying. "I just started driving toward Texas."

Police investigating pot brownies at middle school

Glenpool police are investigating an allegation that a middle school student bought home-made brownies laced with marijuana that were eaten by other students, reports the Tulsa World

On Wednesday, a Glenpool Police Department school resource officer was informed of the alleged distribution of a controlled substance at Glenpool Middle School, according to a statement from police.

Officers determined that three or four middle school students may have been exposed to marijuana, the statement says.

"The alleged suspect, also a Glenpool Middle School student, may have been distributing marijuana at school via home-baked brownies," the statement says.

Security report presented to Edmond school board

The protection of more than 25,000 Edmond students is being revamped and will be getting serious attention during the next few years.

That commitment will include an investment of millions of dollars and some changes in how the public accesses campuses.

A detailed committee report, led by district chief human resources officer Randy Decker, was presented before the Edmond School Board during its regular meeting Monday.

A committee was assembled last spring in the aftermath of two fatal high school shootings earlier this year in Florida and Texas. Edmond's committee had more than 30 people representing the media, school administrators, police, fire, students, parents and even a representative from the U.S. Secret Service. Edmond Police Chief J.D. Younger also was a part of the panel, Decker said.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Have a great weekend!

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›