LISD Taking a Stand on Coronado Hazing Incident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/12/02

LISD Taking a Stand on Coronado Hazing Incident

Hazing was the topic at the LISD Board meeting on Thursday. The discussion comes after an initiation event last month involving more than 200 Coronado High School student.

Senior girls doused Sophomore girls with things like cooking oil, flour, and chocolate syrup. Some say the girls were also forced to roll in horse manure and jump in the playa lake. "It was refered to as clean, cute, and fun, I don't know what was clean about it, cause when you're groveling on the ground or out in the marshes by the lake and stuffs being poured on you, I don't see anything clean about it. And I'm not sure I can say anything about it being cute," says board member, Roy T. Grimes.

It's an annual tradition at Coronado and LISD Superintendent Jack Clemmons says it needs to stop. "Our board policy outlines the fact that hazing is against the law, and we don't condone it in our school district. You don't need to go to a hazing ritual to be accepted into high school," says Clemmons.

At Thursday's meeting, school officials said they want to meet with police, the sherrifs office, and the Department of  Public Safety to prevent future rituals. This past initiation happened off campus and Board Member Grimes, says they have no control over that, but what concerns him is the fact that parents watched it happen. "That is hard to fathom, why parents would let their young kids out and some parents would attend," says Grimes. Grimes says it's simply an issue of the law, and any student breaking the law, will be held accountable. "If a young person wants to, number one, violate the curfew laws, they can be cited for that and, number two, if it's hazing, that's against the law and it should be taken care of."

Superintendent Clemmons says the meeting with law enforcement officials should take place in the next couple weeks. He also mentioned that last May junior high school principals sent letters to the parents of freshmen going into the 10th grade, telling them hazing is not a school sponsored event. They plan on sending more letters at the end of this year.

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