Seattle School District Looking How to Punish Group of Students for Hazing
SEATTLE, WA - Hazing isn't just a problem among college students, it's also a problem for one Seattle school district.
The principal of Garfield High School is asking for help from parents to curb what a school district official says has become a tradition of student hazing.
Last Friday, Principal Ted Howard said he and a school resource police officer broke up a gathering of about 100 students at a park. Howard says some students were being paddled, were wearing diapers, had eggs thrown at them and had shoe polish all over their bodies.
District officials are still investigating the hazing and said they are working to determine what discipline is warranted for the students who were involved.
A police spokeswoman said Tuesday that a police report would not be released about the hazing because in the past, upperclassmen have intimidated other students into not cooperating when reports have been publicized.
School district spokeswoman Teresa Wippel says the hazing is "a tradition" that's been going on "for many years."
The school's website says hazing will result in suspension and will be considered a criminal offense. The Times says it's not clear how many students were subject to the hazing.