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Judge dismisses charges against three Upper St. Clair students accused of hazing

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Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

A district judge on Monday dismissed charges against three Upper St. Clair High School students accused of hazing incoming male freshmen with hockey sticks and wooden boards.

The victims' parents alerted Upper St. Clair police in July after discovering videos that purportedly showed five victims with their pants down and getting hit on their backsides while onlookers laughed and cheered.

The students are juveniles and are not identified in court records. An attorney for one of the students did not return calls.

Senior Judge Eugene Zielmanski could not be reached for comment and neither Upper St. Clair police Chief Douglas Burkholder nor district Superintendent Patrick O'Toole returned calls.

O'Toole previously released a statement saying the district has policies against hazing and vowed to work closely with law enforcement to address the allegations.

The three accused students have been suspended from school.

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