Dated today, the following letter has been posted on the District 155 web site about the WMAQ-TV’s Ten O’Clock hazing story:
February 4, 2010
Dear Prairie Ridge Community:
We would like to share information pertaining to recent events surrounding the Prairie Ridge High School wrestling team and subsequent actions taken on behalf of our students.
On Thursday, our principal Mr. Paul Humpa, became aware of alleged incidents of hazing and intimidation occurring within the wrestling program. Both actions, of course, are prohibited by board policy (Board of Education Policy No. 4375 and 4380; visit www.d155.org/boardpolicies.htm to view the policy).
Accordingly, Mr. Humpa and his team immediately took steps to ensure that these activities were not continuing, and began a thorough investigation.
Since potential criminal acts were involved, the Crystal Lake Police Department joined our investigation. Both school and police investigations are currently ongoing.
No arrests have been made at this time.
The district’s administration will take appropriate disciplinary action against students who violated either the intimidation or hazing policy or any other district policies governing student conduct.
Under the guidelines mandated by the Illinois Student Records Act, we will treat all matters concerning student discipline privately. All students and parents have the right to have their child’s privacy protected.
Please be assured that our administration and the Crystal Lake Police Department are fully investigating every aspect of our students’ well-being and safety. Again, be assured that our actions and decisions will be based on facts resulting from this investigation.
While the disposition of any pending disciplinary matter must and shall remain confidential, please understand the administration’s position regarding hazing and intimidation. We will not tolerate behaviors that clearly violate our policy guidelines.
Dr. Jill Hawk