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Brownwood ISD has no tolerance policy on hazing

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Sep 10 2012 08:30:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 11 2012 09:05:03 AM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Brownwood ISD hasn't had a hazing incident since he joined the high school nine years ago, and policies are in place to keep it that way, Principal Bill Faircloth said Monday.

"It's one of those things that people just don't tolerate anymore.  It's just unacceptable behavior," said Faircloth, who commented on Brownwood's policies in the wake of an alleged hazing incident at Wylie High School in Abilene that has resulted in a police investigation.

In the Brownwood Student Code of Conduct, hazing is defined as "an intentional or reckless act -- on or off campus -- that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, or maintaining membership in an organization."

"We handle hazing just like it was a bullying situation, and depending on the severity of it, it could be a discretionary placement in DAEP or it can be a mandatory placement in DAEP," Faircloth said.

DAEP is the District's Alternative Education Program.

The student would be removed from campus and placed in DAEP for either 20 or 30 days, depending on the individual hazing incident.

After a student serves their allotted time in DAEP, they can return to campus.

Faircloth said if a student is involved in hazing more than once, the student can be expelled for the remainder of the school year.