Melbourne, FL – A high school football team in Florida has been suspended after a video surfaced that appears to show members of the team hazing a fellow player. The incident happened at Viera High School in Brevard County, Florida.
Victim of High School Hazing
The video, which was taken in the locker room, shows several players forcing the victim to simulate sex acts with them. The victim is reportedly a freshman player.
Holding Those Accountable for Hazing Incident
The school’s head football coach, Shane Staples, has been relieved of his duties and the team’s activities have been suspended until further notice.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Hazing is a crime in Florida and can be punished by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“This is a serious matter and we are taking it very seriously,” said Brevard County Schools Superintendent Mark Rendell. “We will not tolerate hazing of any kind.” All students allegedly involved in the incident have been suspended.
Impact of High School Hazing on Community
The hazing incident has had a significant impact on the Viera High School community. The football team is one of the most popular sports teams in the school and the suspension has disappointed many students and parents.
The incident has also raised questions about hazing in high schools across the country. Hazing is a widespread problem and it can have serious consequences for the victims.
What Is Being Done To Prevent Further Hazing Incidents?
There are a number of things that can be done to prevent hazing. Schools can implement anti-hazing policies and programs. The students at Viera High School will be learning more about hazing during a mandatory “anti-hazing education program” before the district will consider reinstating the football program.
The hazing incident at Viera High School is a reminder that hazing is a serious problem. It is important to take steps to prevent hazing and to hold those who engage in it accountable. Parents can also attend a parent-player meeting designed to “begin the process of improving team culture and raising expectations.” However, the students involved in the incident are not permitted to attend.
High School Hazing: What Legal Options Are Available to Victims?
In the wake of a recent hazing incident at a Florida high school, attorney Laurence Banville interviewed sexual assault attorney Michael Haggard, Esq., about the legal options available to victims of hazing.
Laurence Banville: Thank you for joining me today, Michael. I’m here to talk to you about hazing and the legal options available to victims.
Michael Haggard: It’s my pleasure. Hazing is a serious problem, and it’s important for victims to know that they have legal recourse.
Laurence Banville: Can you tell me a little bit about what hazing is?
Michael Haggard: Hazing is any activity that is forced or coerced on someone as part of initiation into a group. It can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
Laurence Banville: And what are the legal options available to victims of hazing?
Michael Haggard: Victims of hazing can file a civil lawsuit against the individuals or organizations responsible for the hazing. They can also file a criminal complaint with the police.
Laurence Banville: What are some of the damages that victims of hazing can recover in a civil lawsuit?
Michael Haggard: Victims of hazing can recover damages for their physical and emotional injuries, as well as their lost wages and medical expenses. They may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the wrongdoers and deter them from engaging in hazing in the future.
Laurence Banville: What are some of the challenges that victims of hazing face when pursuing a civil lawsuit?
Michael Haggard: One of the biggest challenges is proving that the hazing was intentional. In some cases, the hazing may have been unintentional, or it may have been difficult to prove that the wrongdoers knew that their actions would cause harm.
Another challenge is finding witnesses who are willing to come forward. Hazing often takes place in secret, and victims may be reluctant to speak out for fear of retaliation.
Laurence Banville: What advice would you give to victims of hazing who are considering filing a civil lawsuit?
Michael Haggard: I would advise victims to speak to an experienced hazing attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you assess your legal options and advise you on the best course of action. Filing a civil lawsuit can be emotionally and financially draining, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you through this process.
Justice For Survivors of Locker Room Hazing
If you or someone you know has been the victim of hazing, it is important to seek legal guidance from an experienced hazing attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and advise you on the best course of action.
We offer free consultations to victims of hazing. Our team of hazing attorneys is here to help you get justice and hold the perpetrators accountable.
Mr. Banville is a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling auto accidents, work injuries, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and falls, and representing survivors and victims of sexual abuse. Mr. Banville is affiliated with law firms in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C., and Maryland. Abuse Guardian