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Posted March 26, 2013

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Manzano Disbands Drill Team Because of Hazing

High school students also face discipline for participating in activities that violate school and district hazing policies.

The Manzano High School drill team was disbanded this week after school administrators learned that its members had participated in activities that violate school and district hazing policies.

The 10 members of the Majestics were instructed to turn in their uniforms and will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular performances or other drill team-related activities for the remainder of the school year.

Most of the students also will serve five days of in-school suspension as well as community service. Two students, who created a list of pranks for team members to complete and who left offensive messages at two local Catholic schools as part of the hazing, face long-term suspension.

The Manzano drill team will be re-formed for next school year, and this year’s members will be allowed to try out for the team after serving their suspensions.

Team members were performing the pranks in anticipation of the Spirit State Championships held last weekend. The Manzano drill team did participate in the competition held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center. MHS administrators and coaches didn’t learn about the hazing activities until after the state competition.

Hazing is prohibited by APS policy, and Superintendent Winston Brooks said it won’t be tolerated by any APS team or organization.

“Hazing is a form of bullying, of harassment, and it will not be tolerated by Albuquerque Public Schools,” Brooks said. “We find it demeaning and inappropriate. We applaud the Manzano administration for taking a hard stance and making tough decisions when it comes to disciplining students who participate in hazing.”

Go here to read the APS procedural directive on hazing.

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