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[POLL] Is Hazing An Issue at Rye High School?

Reports say last Friday's hazing incident is connected to school traditions, the school district denies any connection. What do you say?

According to County Police, at least one teen was injured after being paddled by three high school upperclassman on "Freshman Friday." Rye City School District has distanced itself from the incident which occurred off school grounds and after school hours.

Rye City School Superintendent Dr. Edward Shine adamantly denied there was any pattern of hazing activity at Rye High School after some news reports suggested the paddling was connected to a 'tradition' of this type of behavior between high school upperclassmen and incoming high school students.

"Some have suggested that these alleged acts are part of an annual 'tradition' at Rye High School," said Dr. Shine. "Let me clear: just because a small handful of students choose to believe that this is the case, does not make it a fact."

Does Rye High School have a hazing culture? Is "Freshman Friday" hazing a tradition? Does the account of this incident match your experiences at Rye High School? 

Since Rye Patch first reported on this incident, commenters have been taking both sides of the issue:

  • Commenter Josiah said, "This Town and This Country needs to toughen up, this is no big deal - sophomoric adolescent behavior that by all accounts was voluntary and off school grounds...this cannot be construed as bullying - when the teenagers asked to be hazed and the outcome seems to be mild indeed."
  • RyeDad said, "This and other bullying has been going on in Rye for years especially in the middle school..." 

What do you think? Did parents and students over-react? Did the school administration fail to act?

Westchester County Police say their investigation remains open and have a tip line for further information. Will more witnesses come forward? Victims of hazing?

Vote in our poll and leave your comments. Tell Rye Patch what you know about hazing in local high schools.

tedc June 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Totally agree again Anne. I’m neither for nor against the hotel on principal but I’m leaning against it as I learn more.
Ryegirl2000 June 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I agree!
Ryegirl2000 June 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
One of the students went to the hospital, but it was quite some time after the incident. They were brought back into town and the child who "eventually" went to the hospital was seen hanging out with his frends on Purchase Street.
Ryegirl2000 June 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
The families all should have talked about this incident first before taking it to another level...especially before talking to the local news and turning this case into another media FRENZY before knowing all of the details involved. How can anytone really comment on the situation before truly knowing all of the facts as they occured!!!!
RyeDad June 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It seems The Journal News doesn't believe Dr. Shine either. http://www.lohud.com/article/20120608/OPINION/306080043/Editorial-Silence-feeds-into-hazing?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

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