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October 9, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Garfield hazing

Coverage is one-sided

I am a student at Garfield High School. This fall in my Language Arts Honors class we learned about a “single story.” A single story is only hearing one side of an event, creating stereotypes of people and incomplete stories. Who knew we would experience a single story about Garfield students and hazing?

While I wasn’t in the Arboretum and didn’t participate, the media have only covered one side of this story. The media have spoken extensively with officials and paid little attention to the students who were there.

The media and the police say students haven’t stepped forward to talk because of fear of upperclassmen. In reality, most students are unwilling to speak up for fear of administration; no student can give a complete story without fear of being suspended.

For most students, it’s a fun tradition and freshman willingly participate in activities that look nothing like what happened in the Arboretum.

Aidan Miller, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Garfield High School, hazing

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