A 15-year-old reportedly was “beef-sticked” as part of a new initiation ritual performed by other students attending a band camp last week in Conway.
The teenager’s godmother told University of Central Arkansas police that video taken with her godson’s cell phone showed the boy being slapped on the back with a stick of beef jerky. The hazing incident left red marks on the boy’s back, the godmother said.
The victim told an investigator that he and other camp members volunteered to be beef-sticked. Police said the video supported the boy’s statement.
A videographer at the annual Dixie Band Camp told the investigator that he planned to include footage of the beef-sticking in the band camp video he was creating. The videographer also said the hazing video was viewed by band camp administrators.
An officer reportedly spoke with the boy about the potentially hazardous consequences of hazing incidents.