Parents in the Canyons School District said the charges are a shame. "Hurting some else is never a good thing," Janessa Visser said. Brian Davies agreed, "Getting to the point where one kid may get abused or beaten badly or taken advantage of, that's when it's too far."
Exactly what happened at Jordan High is unclear. Salt Lake County's District Attorney and the Canyons School District remained tight lipped today. However, we do know misdemeanor charges were filed last week for what's some reports call sexual hazing of young wrestlers from their veteran teammates.
Jerome Mooney, an attorney representing one of the suspects said, "Hazing is stupid, it's juvenile, it's wrong."
Right now, his client has not been charged. However, Mooney says if he is the school is partly responsible.
"This is something that was going on for years," he said. "Well if it's been going on for years they should know and if they don't know about something that's been going on for years, then you wonder how effective their program is in providing support for these young people."
To better support students Jordan High plants to implement a new plan for the 2013 school year that includes special training for all team captains, preseason meetings for the school's athletic director, administrators, athletes, cheerleaders, student body officers, and club advisers, and explicit training for coaches.
The school has also drafted an anti-hazing agreement that all students will be required to sign this fall. A digital version of that document is attached to this article.