Norldum was new to the district, and said she trusted the judgment of the seniors.
Instead, when the teen's mom went on her regular run route past the high school, she saw members of the dance team gathered in the high school parking, where loud music was playing.
"'The school administration had obtained sufficient information that hazing occurred shortly after the event, but acceded to parents' requests at the time to focus on avoiding future occurrences rather than undertaking an investigation as to what had occurred,' the report said.'Irrespective of the parents' wishes, an investigation should have been undertaken immediately and with appropriate discretion and safeguards to limit recrimination.'Since the 2014 complaint, the school district has made policy changes, Beck said.
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What was actually unfolding included Achcar-Winkels and more than a dozen other girls being 'called derogatory names, pelted with water balloons, sprayed with ketchup-filled water guns and ordered to wrestle each other in swimsuits on a tarp with maple syrup, soap and oatmeal, [while] observers threw syrup-coated feathers on them,' according to the Lake Oswego News.
At least some of the boys on site smelled of alcohol and marijuana, the teen's mother said, and some of the girls were screaming for the upperclassmen to stop.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 9.4% of teens in a recent survey reported being physically abused by a romantic partner in the past 12 months — that included being slapped, hit or intentionally injured.
There is also evidence that adolescents who experience violence in early relationships are more vulnerable to being abused again, and indeed the latest study on the issue published in the journal Pediatrics shows that teens who experienced aggression from a romantic partner between the ages of 12 and 18 were up to three times as likely to be revictimized in relationships as young adults.
For teens, dating is about more than just finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.