AUSTIN -- Parents at Anderson High School received a letter Tuesday from school officials after a hazing incident at the school.
According to the letter, school administration received numerous tips alleging athletes and non-athletes were taking part in “welcoming” students to campus.
“We have had indications that paddling had occurred in years past, but no one would identify who was involved so that we could act,” the letter said. “I just want to let you know that is difficult to hear about this unacceptable behavior among our Anderson students.”
The letter goes on to say that this alleged hazing ritual is deemed by students as a rite of passage.
School officials went on to say in the letter that “there will be decisive consequences for anyone who participates in hazing of any kind. We will take action to remove any player or students from their activity for a year if they are involved in a hazing incident.”
The letter is signed by Principal Donna Houser, Athletic Coordinator Darin Shaw, and IB Coordinator Michelle Szabo.
The letter ends saying, “We all must be diligent in addressing hazing and bullying where ever it occurs and putting a stop to it. It is not an acceptable activity at Anderson, and consequences for participating in this behavior will be met with serious outcomes."