Hazing: Something wrong with this picture

2010-11-08T07:59:00Z Hazing: Something wrong with this picture missoulian.com
November 08, 2010 7:59 am

I am so infuriated about an article I read on Nov. 3, about Big Sky senior football players being suspended for shooting other students in a hazing incident on school property.

To hear that they were only suspended really makes me angry, due to the fact that there is supposed to be no tolerance for hazing or bullying in schools. I feel those boys should be expelled!

I feel this way because of hearing in the news how a kindergarten student gets expelled for bringing fingernail clippers to school. In another incident, a young student gets expelled for bringing an eating implement that housed a small knife. Now you tell me how some senior students "sneak" in a pellet gun to school, shoot several other students, and only get suspended for a few short days. There is something very wrong with this picture.

I am just so angry about the fact that the news article made sure to tell us these poor senior boys had to miss out on playing in their last football game. What a shame that is; it makes it sound like we are supposed to feel sorry for these bullies. I'm sure, had these boys not been seniors and on the football team, they would have been expelled.

It is so wrong for schools to play favorites to certain jocks, names, and money. I feel it doesn't set a very good example to other students, or the community. It's no wonder students go shoot up schools and students in a rage. Have we forgotten Columbine? In case you are unaware, this is exactly how these incidents get started.

Misty Satchell, Missoula

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