The Garfield High School Associated Student Body does not condone harassment, abuse, intimidation, humiliation, violence, or bullying of any kind. We support and encourage inter-class unity by continuing to provide and promote safe and school-appropriate events. Any student who needs help or assistance should contact an ASB officer, counselor, teacher, or administrator.
From Principal Howard on October 4th:
To our Garfield families,
Thank you for your continued support of Garfield High School. As I reflect
on the events from the past week, I have given some thought to the
following ideas. We are in the process of researching ways that
Garfield will be addressing the reported hazing incident which occurred
within our neighborhood last week.
next steps will be to educate our faculty and students around self
advocacy and decision making as it relates to the day to day stressors
that adolescents are faced with in today's society. We will have open
dialogues with our student body. We have great students here who still
need our guidance, support and intervention. We will be providing
opportunities for student voices as we learn from each other.
will be researching advisories and mentoring as a means of strengthening
our community and neighborhood relationships.
This will carry over to
our feeder school programs as we educate our incoming students and
parents. During our summer bridge program for our incoming freshmen we
will adopt a self awareness program.
We will also analyze how we will
continue this program throughout the school year, as we prepare all of
our students in developing these important life skills.
accordance with our Garfield Student Handbook policy, listed below are
the school's rules and consequences regarding hazing. This handbook was
distributed to all Garfield students in the start of school packet at
the beginning of the school year. Please review these guidelines with
your son/daughter. This will help you understand our mission to
provide a positive and safe environment.
and hazing constitute exceptional misconduct and are in fact felony
offenses. At Garfield, we expect your behavior to be respectful of
self, others, and our environment at all times.
Do not verbally or
physically threaten, intimidate, or harass one another or our staff.
This includes "initiation" and "froshing" (whether the student being
hazed or initiated is compliant or not).
Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to the following: dunking in
the lake, face painting, baby powder, whipped cream, shaving cream,
boxing, other forms of "initiation," humiliation, or abuse.
Consequences include: No school activities for the remainder of the school year (e.g., no Purple and White Day Dance, no Senior Prom, no walking at Graduation), and Suspension or expulsion, and/or possible criminal charges. Additionally, if the hazing incident is part of an organized club or athletic team activity, there will be additional team or activity consequences for each member involved.