August 13, 2013
In a legal battle that has quietly dragged on for three years, a former member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at North High School is accusing the Torrance Unified School District of failing to take action after he reportedly was sodomized during a hazing ritual.
The plaintiff says that the JROTC instructor in charge found out about the alleged incident but, after a brief investigation, neglected to report the case to the police or his superiors at Torrance Unified.
The teen’s family decided to contact the Daily Breeze earlier this month because the former cadet turned 18 in late June.
“The story needs to be told,” said Ricardo Rodriguez, the accuser’s stepfather, who is acting as the family’s spokesman. “The teacher didn’t report it to the school principal, the campus police or anything. They are trying to make this thing hush-hush — under the table.”