MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Ben Brenneman the Athletic Director, East Stroudsburg Area School district told Eyewitness News “We want to make sure that our kids are in a safe environment and in a safe culture.”
Brenneman says the anti-hazing bill is something they’ve been practicing for years.
Because the school district already has their own anti-hazing policy in place.
“We make sure we educate our coaches, we educate our parents and we educate our students athletes.”
Hazing is often defined as the practice of rituals or other activities involving abuse or humiliation to initiate a person into a team or group.
“It’s an issue if you let it be an issue and if you ignore that it could be an issue.”
Once the bill is signed into law, some penalties could include fines, withholding of diplomas or transcripts, probation, suspension, dismissal or expulsion. An organization that authorizes hazing could lose the ability to operate under the school’s sanction. Something school superintendent Sharon Laverdure says will need to be addressed.
“it speaks to some of the consequences that occur through hazing and we just have to reflect that in our code of conduct.”
Under the new bill each school would be required to post a copy of the anti-hazing policy online and provide a copy to all athletic coaches.
“It’s all inclusive. It’s not just athletics.” Noted Laverdure
Eyewitness News reached out to all four area school districts in Monroe County and they all have anti-hazing policies already in place,
But with the new bill they may need to make some minor adjustments to their policies.
Currently, 44 states have some version of anti-hazing laws.