Nine of the eleven Garfield High School students temporarily expelled in the wake of this reported September 27th hazing incident have appealed their suspensions, the district said in an announcement made Friday afternoon.
The incident involving what some have described as a traditional annual party in the Arboretum included hazing abuse and underage drinking, according to a letter to parent sent by Garfield principal Ted Howard. Howard, who is black, also complained of racist verbal assaults directed at him by students and other celebrants when he arrived with police at the scene of the party.
CHS posted 911 audio of the SPD response here:
According to the Seattle Public Schools statement, of the eleven students originally suspended in an emergency action following the incident, six received short-term suspensions ranging from five to nine days while three received long-term suspensions – one for 15 days and two for 20 days. Two of the students were misidentified and had their expulsions revoked, the district statement said.
“Garfield staff is working with students and families to facilitate conversations about student hazing and what types of strategies can be introduced to prevent it,” the statement read. “The school is also committed to helping students address the peer pressure involved in participating in these activities.”
In addition to the suspensions, students who were disciplined will also miss out on the school’s spring Purple and White Day dance and will be unable to attend dances for the remainder of the school year — including senior prom.
No details of any further criminal investigation by SPD were announced.