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Superintendent June Doe Issues Statement on DHS Hazing Scandal

The following is an official statement issued by the Superintendent.

 

I am writing to you regarding the alleged violation of the district's anti-bullying/anti-hazing policies.  The allegation that the policies were violated by a number of our students immediately generated an internal investigation into the reported allegation.  It is disappointing and most disturbing since these policies are in place to protect all students in a safe and supportive learning environment.

An investigation is still ongoing.  It is painful to report that the investigation has produced information for school administrators to conclude that there was a violation of the policies. 

The Dedham Public Schools take appropriate actions in accordance with district policies and state laws.  We can appreciate that the community has a legitimate interest in the outcomes for the violations of these policies; however, school officials are prohibited by federal and state laws from commenting on or disclosing information about individual student discipline. 

In the matter of a violation of anti-bullying or anti-hazing policies, the school district acts swiftly to investigate and our policies permit a range of disciplinary actions which include suspension and expulsion from school.  We will enforce these policies based upon the evidence and to the extent allowed by our policies and the laws.

I can assure you that we utilize all the avenues available to us to restore a sense of safety and protection to our students and the confidence of the community in its high school.

The Dedham Public Schools and all the administrators are committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free from bullying and hazing for all students.  We will continue to enforce our policies and protect our students.

Dan O'Neil September 26, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I'm personally dissappointed in this. I've known Dave Flynn for the better part of 25 years and he is a terrific guy and a terrific role model and I know that this is not something that he is about. They need Dave for this program. He and his coaches have worked very hard to try to turn this program around. It saddens me that a few jerks have to ruin the progress he has made. I hope he is not dismissed because if he is this going to cause yet another setback to this program getting back to where it should be.
Concerned citizen September 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM
it is not just a "few jerks". That is criminal sexual assault! The child who was held down and sexually assaulted should be of primary concern, not whether there is a "setback to a football program".

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