‘Hook-Up’ Culture May Have Contributed to Sexual Assault at N.H. Prep School

A "hook-up" competition among male students at a New Hampshire prep school led to the arrest of one recent graduate, Owen A. Labrie. –The Boston Globe

St. Paul’s School in Concord is looking at the campus’s culture after an 18-year-old senior was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student as part of a competition with his friends to have sexual contact with as many girls as possible, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, the incident was part of an unofficial tradition known as the Senior Salute, where graduating students “seek to hook up with younger classmates before departing’’ from the school.

But two days before this year’s graduation, authorities say, the spring dating rite known as the Senior Salute took a darker turn. An 18-year-old senior, Owen Labrie, allegedly led a 15-year-old freshman into a secluded area and sexually assaulted her as she pleaded “no.’’

News of the alleged assault — and the tradition that underlies it — has shocked and horrified students and alumni at St. Paul’s, set amid 2,000 acres of woodland and meadow. For them, the Episcopal high school founded in 1856 offers not just an education, but a home and family.

You can read the complete Boston Globe report here.

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