Five Girls Get Suspended for “Hazing” Teammates
The girls dragged younger kids on dog leashes.
Five girls on a soccer team in a Massachusetts high school have been suspended for a “hazing” ritual that involved blindfolding new teammates and dragging them along the playing field on dog leashes before throwing pies in the younger girls’ faces.
Needham High School also suspended the team’s coach for failing to report the incident. The coach’s daughter was one of those suspended. No one argues that the incident didn’t happen, but parents went to court anyway, saying that the teens should be allowed to play because the state tournament was coming up. Massachusetts has a statewide law requiring that high schools enforce antihazing policies.
The parents of the suspended girls and the hazed girls presented a united front, saying that the episode was simply misguided teambuilding. Todd White, father of one of the younger girls, led the legal action to let the suspended girls play, saying that his daughter “loves these seniors, supports these seniors, and is mortified that in any way…their college careers are harmed.”
The names of all the girls were withheld from news stories about the incident, but in the high school and the community, it’s likely that most people know who they are.
A judge refused to lift the suspension, and the high school, using mostly replacement players, lost the state championship 7-1. (msnbc)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.