This week is National Hazing Prevention Week, and in the Erie Community School District, programs have been put into place all year long to prevent the mistreatment of other students.
"Hazing, bullying, harassment, those kind of things; those aren't just a one week special for us." Erie Superintendent Brad Cox says programs have been put into place district wide for all students K through 12.
In late 2011, a student from the Erie wrestling team came forward with allegations of being mistreated by not only teammates, but coaches as well. This led the district to take action. "We have professional development with our teaching staff, with our coaches, to make sure that they're aware of what to be looking for," says Cox.
Some parents CBS4 spoke with say they have never had any issues with their child being harassed. "I've been a football mom for 13 years, and I've never had an incident of my kids coming home saying they were treated any other way," says Linda Hines.
But while it doesn't happen often, having these programs in the schools brings awareness to the problem. "With these programs in line and being brought to the children, they discuss it more amongst themselves and they hold each other accountable," says parent Mariah Huycke.
"It makes them feel better about coming forward and talking about things," says Hines. "There's no reason to have this action of having to be a part of that type of hazing," says Huycke.
If you would like more information on National Hazing Prevention Week, click here.
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