Carmel to vote on anti-hazing policy Monday


Richard Essex/Eyewitness News

Carmel - Prosecutors will announce Monday whether charges will be filed in the Carmel school bus assault investigation. The board is also voting Monday on a proposed new hazing policy.

When the allegation of assault surfaced in January, the Carmel Clay School Board started working on revisions to their anti-hazing policy. Eyewitness News posted the new policy on an easel in downtown Carmel for residents to read. It outlines, in detail, most any incident that is not acceptable behavior.

"I assume this has to do with the basketball case?" asked one teenager.

The policy revision was started by the board in the wake of possible criminal allegations by four Carmel High School basketball players against two underclassmen.

"I think it should have already been in place," said another resident.

Along the Monon Trail in Carmel, students and families took time to stop and read the proposed policy. "Hazing" refers to any activity that is expected of any student joining a student organization that humiliates, degrades, or that risks emotional or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.

If the board approves the changes, hazing of any kind will not be tolerated.

"You should have a very low tolerance policy and it should be enforced very strongly," said a resident.

The Carmel Clay School board is scheduled to vote on the revision Monday night at their regular meeting.

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