Hazing: It's a crime
Your student is blindfolded, then they are pummeled with water balloons. They are smeared with shaving cream and then slapped on the head. Then they are told "You tell anyone, your done for"
According to SDUHSD this type of behavior is not tolerated.
The 2017-2018 player/parent handbook states:
Hazing in any form, including initiation which is degrading, is strictly forbidden by California State Law. No student shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or other person. Persons violating this policy shall be subject to District discipline, misdemeanor penalties and forfeiture or entitlements.
According to the organization STOMP Out Bullying,
91% of all H.S. students belong to at least one group
48% report being subjected to hazing activities
43% were subjected to humiliating activities and
30% performed potentially illegal acts as part of their initiation
79% of the NCAA Athletes report being hazed initially in high school
92% of the high school students will not report a hazing
46% believe that the most important thing: keep the code of silence
CCA recently conducted a Parent Workshop on student wellness that proved to be a good venue connecting parents. We need to continue connecting parents with a common focus on the health and safety of all our students. Together we will build our District back up.
Here are more resources that explain hazing. Let's empower our students to be confident that their voice is powerful and meaningful.
Hazing in High School Athletics, National Federation of State HS Associations
Marchant, B. (Feb 2018), ‘God, don’t let another child die of hazing:’ Parents find solidarity at SC gathering', theState.com.