As a result of the recent hazing incident in the Arboretum, several Garfield students have been suspended.
We previously reported that the school “banned” 11 students while the investigation took place. The school district has updated us, saying that two of those 11 students have had their expulsions revoked as a result of misidentification; it was determined they were not involved in the incident. Six students received short-term suspensions ranging from five to nine days and three received long-term suspensions — one for 15 days and two for 20 days.
The school granted credit for time out of school for the emergency expulsion, so each of the six short-term suspension students are back in class. The three serving long-term suspensions will be back in class Oct. 26 and Nov. 4.
Each of the suspended students will also be forbidden from attending Purple and White Day in the spring as well as all school dances for the remainder of the school year, including senior prom.
The suspended students have appealed their suspensions; the appeals process is ongoing.
According to the media update from the school district, “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 school is also committed to helping students address the peer pressure involved in participating in these activities.”