October 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Nine Garfield High students disciplined for hazing, two get 20-day suspensions
Nine Garfield High School students have been suspended for their roles in a hazing incident last month, according to the Seattle school district.
In a news release Friday afternoon, the district said six students received suspensions of from five to nine days and are already back in school. Another student was suspended for 15 day and two others for 20 days. They are due back on Oct. 26 and Nov. 4 respectively.
Initially on Oct. 4, the district banned 11 students from campus while it investigated, but two of the 11 turned out to be misidentified and their record was cleared.
The others received credit for the time they spent out of school since Oct. 4. But they will not be allowed to attend school dances this year, including senior prom, or to participate in the high school’s Purple and White Day activities in the spring.
All the suspended students are appealing, according to the district.
The discipline stems from an incident on Sept. 27 when Garfield Principal Ted Howard and a group of police officers broke up an after-school gathering of about 100 students at the Arboretum. Underclassmen were being paddled, wearing diapers and eggs were thrown at them.
Howard, who is African American, told parents in an email that students were drinking beer and hard liquor, and that when they saw him, several shouted profanities as they ran away and one called him by a racial slur.
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