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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Garfield hazing

Parents partly to blame

Before my son had the opportunity to attend Garfield High School, I met with Principal Ted Howard to discuss my concern about froshing (hazing). [“Garfield hazing grows ugly; police, school investigating,” NWWednesday, Oct.2].

This occurs twice a year by the generally popular upperclass toward the freshman class. To not be froshed is a humiliation. There is no way froshing is going to end at Garfield as long as parents condone it.

For some parents of freshman boys, we knew darn well they were going to be froshed. And eager to have our children fit in and be happy (that was my excuse anyway), we allowed it. Today I told my student, no more.

Parents, you with me?

Ellen Chestnut, Seattle

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