Ridgefield High School hazing

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Ridgefield High School is investigating several incidences of hazing, which caught parent Amy Bertolino off guard when she heard about it.

“Very surprised by it,” said Bertolino. “My daughter is a freshman, so we are kind of new to high school, and didn’t really know this stuff was going on here.”

The school isn’t saying exactly what happened, how many students were involved or what kind of disciplinary action was taken, but the hazing incident is what everyone is talking about at Ridgefield High School.

Bertolino heard about it rough the grape vine.

“I heard there was drinking at the school to the point that a girl threw up all over her desk in first period, and that is at eight o’clock in the morning,” said Bertlino.

In a letter sent home to parents, the principal says there were multiple hazing incidents involving both student-athletes and non-athletes.

“This type of behavior casts a dark shadow over our entire school community,” said Dr. Stacey Gross in the letter. “I am disappointed that in spite of the efforts of everyone – teachers, coaches, and administrators – some students chose to ignore our directives and placed themselves and others in jeopardy of injury and exposed their fellow students to ridicule and humiliation. We are conducting a full investigation, and all those who are found to have participated in these behaviors will receive serious consequences.”

Parent Peter Bonfiglio has kids at the high school and he hopes it stops before kids get hurt.

“I think it’s sort of a vicious cycle, as far as kids when they are seniors, they want to take it out on the freshmen and then when they were freshmen things happened to them so they want to keep doing this,” said Bonfiglio.

Parents say they went through some mild form of hazing back in their day, but now they believe that it’s escalating.

Bertolino supports what the school is doing to stop it.

“I knew that they dressed each other up in silly outfits and that kind of thing, which seemed very innocent, but then it gets taken to the next level and there has to be that line in the sand,” said Bertolino.

The school says they are in the end stages of the investigation and will had out punishments accordingly.

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