Seattle School District investigating Garfield HS hazing incidents

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 10:01 PM

The Seattle School District is investigating hazing incidents involving Garfield High School students.
   
At Garfield High School, Honey Mohammad says hazing is part of the unwritten culture and is a form of peer pressure.

"You can't say no, you can't say no because there are multiple people... there is not just one person… so if you say no you're impacting the fact that you can get beat, you can get attacked... rather than smoking or drinking you consequences can be doubled,” she said.

She says her brother was there last Friday afternoon at Seattle's arboretum when Principal Ted Howard says he witnessed wide scale hazing and students drinking hard alcohol and beer.

He wrote in a letter to parents: "students were being paddled, had on diapers, eggs were being thrown at students and shoe polish was all over their body."

In an e-mail to Garfield families, Howard said as students ran and scattered from the scene one student yelled a racial slur at him.

"It's been happening, it's been happening for a while now, this is just like your initiation into high school,” said student Kylea Spears.

Students said the hazing ritual is no secret.

The district says it could suspend or expel those Garfield students who were involved, which would suit Mohammad just fine.

"I feel like I have a good high school and it’s just these bad apples ...these bad seeds are making our whole school look like a bad apple and that's not what we are at the end of the day,” she said.

District officials said they are working to determine what discipline is warranted for the students who were involved. 

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