Utah may soon get bullying policy, tough on athletes

By Amy K. Stewart
Deseret News
Bullies beware: The state may soon have a new policy targeting bullying and hazing — and it will put athletes under special scrutiny.

The State Board of Education unanimously approved a second reading of its proposed policy Friday. The final vote will come next month.

The driving force for the action is the ever-increasing incidents of bullying and hazing across Utah, especially with athletes, State Board officials say. According to the board agenda “at least one high school community has experienced very serious bullying and hazing among students in its football program this past summer despite a state law that was passed.”

A source told the Deseret News the hazing incidents from this past summer occurred at Brighton High School, with football players allegedly hazing younger teammates.

Canyons School District spokeswoman Jennifer Toomer-Cook said that while the district did receive a report of hazing, she would not identify the school or talk about the incident. Phone messages left Friday to Brighton High’s athletic director and football coach were not returned.

“We have made it clear, to our administrators and coaches, Canyons has a zero tolerance policy on any type of hazing, harassment and bullying,” Toomer-Cook said. Full story.


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