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16 Yr Old Autistic Student Allegedly Hazed, Duct Taped To Soccer Goal Posts

A 16-year-old autistic student was duct-taped to goal posts at a local soccer field and left there, screaming in horror.

Another day and another bullying incident, only this one will really break your heart because the kid that was hazed is autistic and was terrified.


Police are investigating a local high school coach and several players after they allegedly duct taped an autistic boy to a goal post.

The alleged hazing incident happened Sunday night at Highlands High School soccer fields.

16-year-old Austin Babinsack says he was left duct taped to the goal for approximately 15-minutes, while the students went back to the school to get another student.

“I was really shaken, I thought I was gonna be stuck there for a long time,” Austin told KDKA in an exclusive interview.

An off duty Pennsylvania State Trooper found him, and helped free him.

“He was terrified, he could have died, he could have had a heart attack from being so stressed out, he was screaming at the top of his lungs,” mother Kristy Babinsack says.

Babinsack says Austin is autistic.

“They duct taped my hands, my legs, all the way up to my waist, and then they attempted to try to take a picture of it. I told them now, and they walked off disappointed,” Austin said.

Highlands School District has suspended coach Jim Turner, and two of the players for at least 5 days.

I have no words.

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