Upperclassmen forced Ridgefield students to drink alcohol, students say
After incidents of hazing were reported at Ridgefield High School, local police are stepping in to investigate.
It reportedly involves an undisclosed number of student athletes who are being disciplined, according to leaders at the district.
Last week Ridgefield High School Principal, Stacey Gross sent out a letter to parents addressing the matter.
In the letter, she stated hazing, bullying and intimidation had taken place with some of the athletic teams involving athletes and non-athletes.
Gross did not specify what exactly had taken place nor have police, but according to students, it involved upperclassmen hazing underclassmen by forcing them to drink alcohol.
Students also say some cheerleaders were victims, which is why the school almost canceled last Friday’s pep rally. But the district decided to follow through, as to not punish the many students who did not participate in the behavior.
In the letter sent out, Gross said more needs to be done to educate students about hazing, “Most students and families understand that hazing has no place in Ridgefield; the challenge will be to reach those who don’t yet get it.”
It’s unknown whether charges will be filed against students who were involved, but according to school leaders, the students who were victims are receiving support.