Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District spokeswoman Kristin Courtney indicates that cheerleaders involved in the incident in which other cheerleaders were served cokes spiked with urine have been disciplined. Supposedly, two of the cheerleaders involved received in-school suspensions while others received lesser penalties. Due to privacy laws, the names of the cheerleaders involved have not been released.
According to school officials, “What we found was that there were a group of girls that had urinated in a cup and enticed others to drink it. In addition, the girls will not be allowed to take part in cheerleading events through the end of the school year.
Because of federal privacy laws, the school district is not releasing more details about the incident. Thus, it is not clear if this incident was hazing or very poor judgment or some form of retaliation. Hazing is certainly not limited to college fraternities. Each year, hazing incidents across the nation. Those incidents involve both boys and girls and those incidents occur at universities, military institutions, high schools and occasionally even at a junior high school or middle school level. In addition, hazing incidents often extend beyond the fraternity or sorority organizations and frequently involve students involved in high school athletics such as football, basketball, baseball and other sports teams, and even cheerleaders and other groups.
Hazing is illegal in Texas as well as most other states. As a result, if this incident does involve hazing those involved are subject to criminal prosecution and to civil lawsuits.
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