Creating Journalists at Emmanuel College

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A case of hazing in Chelmsford — and a whole lot of redacted documents

The redacted 41-page presentment letter from attorney Brian Leahey to the town of Chelmsford and the Chelmsford School Committee regarding an alleged hazing. SUN / JULIA MALAKIE

The redacted 41-page presentment letter from attorney Brian Leahey to the town of Chelmsford and the Chelmsford School Committee regarding an alleged hazing.
SUN / JULIA MALAKIE

Take a look at the lead story in the Sunday Sun, where my colleague Alana Melanson details an allegation of hazing at Chelmsford High School involving a 2013 summer retreat by the football team. The victim alleges his bullying continued throughout the school year, by students and staff alike.

The events at the camp remained a mystery for two years, until Aug. 7 when Lowell attorney Brian Leahey filed a notice of intent to sue the town on behalf of the alleged victim’s family. The Sun has received two copies of the 41-page document — one from the town that was heavily redacted by its legal counsel, Kopelman & Paige, and another unredacted document from an anonymous source.

We will be discussing FOIA requests — that is, requests for public documents filed under the Freedom of Information Act — later in the semester.
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