3 leaders recalled in school district with hazing scandal

COLFAX, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a southeastern North Dakota school district where alleged hazing at the high school led to charges against five boys have recalled three school board members.

Incumbents Lisa Amundson, Josh Mjoness and Sarah Myers were voted out in a recall election Thursday that was prompted by a citizen petition drive. Amundson was president of the Richland 44 district board.

WDAY-TV says neither the winners nor losers responded to requests for comment.

Authorities in mid-February referred five boys to juvenile court following alleged misconduct in the boys’ locker room at the Colfax school of 160 students. The offenses allegedly committed against other boys included felonious restraint, terrorizing, hazing and sexual assault.

The school’s superintendent resigned, the principal retired and the athletic director also departed, though it’s unclear whether he was fired or resigned.