PORTLAND, Maine — There’s a new plan to prevent hazing and bullying among Brunswick students.
This comes after a hazing incident occurred on the school football team last fall.
The district will hire an outside hazing prevention team and create an anonymous reporting tool for students.
All in an effort to create a more inclusive culture and prevent incidents like what happened in the fall.
The contract will be with the organization “StopHazing”, which will conduct interviews and focus groups with students and parents.
The organization will also collect data on the perception of hazing within the school through surveys.
It comes after an investigation into football team hazing led to the withdrawal of several players, the dismissal of a coach and the cancellation of the remainder of their 2021 season.
This new prevention initiative will start in the spring, in the hope of giving recommendations for changes before the next school year.
The Brunswick superintendent hopes this will add to the work the district has already been doing since the fall.
“What we’re looking to do is try to improve and expand the positives that we have here in Brunswick, in high school in particular, and then also work to eliminate areas or concerns that don’t do not provide value to students. said Brunswick Superintendent Phil Potenziano.
The second tool the district will soon be implementing is an anonymous reporting system.
It’s a kind of tip line that will allow students to report things like threats, bullying, and mental health issues.
This system is already in place at a number of other Maine schools and will begin in Brunswick by the fall.