JTHS investigates hazing allegation
By Tony Graf firstname.lastname@example.org May 1, 2012 5:06PM
Updated: May 1, 2012 6:57PM
JOLIET — Joliet Township High School is investigating an allegation of hazing reported to the West Campus administration.
The school informed parents on Tuesday afternoon after the allegation was reported Monday. Parents were informed online and via the district’s phone messenger system.
“We are extremely disappointed in these allegations and do not condone hazing/initiation in any manner,” spokeswoman Kristine Schlismann said in a statement to the media.
Tuesday evening, Schlismann said the district could provide no further information on the matter because the investigation is ongoing.
“Students participating in the extracurricular activities program in District 204 are obligated to observe the District 204 discipline policy, as well as the established requirements of the Extra-Curricular Participation Code,” the school said. “Hazing/initiation in any athletic/activity program or outside the program is a violation of the District 204 Extra-Curriculum Participation Code.”
District guidelines define hazing initiations as administering physical punishment to an individual, directing verbal abuse at an individual, or requiring an individual to perform an immoral act as a requirement to gain or maintain membership in any club or organization, the school said.
“District 204 will follow the due process for this violation of the Student Discipline Guidelines,” the school said in its statement to parents.
The school is asking parents and guardians to speak to students about the repercussions and consequences of hazing and initiation.
For more information on hazing/initiation, visit online at www.jths.org, and click on “JTHS athletics.”