Students, alumni protest at Fordson over alleged hazing incident

Photo courtesy of Team City of Dearborn Instagram During a protest on Oct. 16, Fordson High School students demanded answers about an alleged hazing incident by junior varsity football team players on Oct. 9.

Photo courtesy of Team City of Dearborn Instagram
During a protest on Oct. 16, Fordson High School students demanded answers about an alleged hazing incident by junior varsity football team players on Oct. 9.

 

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Over 30 Fordson High School students and alumni protested Oct. 15 over the school district’s handling of an alleged sexual hazing incident at the school involving football players.

During the protest outside the school, students, community members and alumni said they were disappointed in how the school district has handled the situation.

Those in attendance said the district was attempting to cover up the alleged incident and said school officials would not allow them to hold a silent protest on Oct. 13.

A few signs read, “We’re hear to get an education, not to get abused,” “Anti bullying. Anti sexual harassment. Anti rape,” and “Change staff. Change administration. Fordson will be a safer place.”

The alleged incident took place on Oct. 9 inside the boys locker room at the school involving two junior varsity football players and a freshman student.

All students involved have not been named because they are minors, but suspensions were been handed down Oct. 10 and football players were removed from the team.

The district’s protocol following a serious incident is to suspend involved students and then hold a hearing where a recommendation is made to the school board which could result in expulsion.

Dearborn Public Schools Supt. Glenn Maleyko wrote a statement on his blog informing the community about the alleged incident.

“I want to reassure this community that we are taking appropriate actions to address the situation that occurred earlier this week at Fordson high school,” he wrote. “Confidentiality and student privacy law prohibits my ability to provide details. However, I can confirm it was not an incident of rape. These were students involved in behaviors that we will not tolerate in this district.”

Fordson Principal Heyam Alcodray sent parents a letter and posted it on the school’s website confirming the alleged incident.

“Earlier this week, the administration at Fordson was made aware of a hazing incident that occurred on school property,” Alcodray said. “This type of behavior is unacceptable, in violation of policy, and will not be allowed at Fordson High School. Hazing is a form of bullying and can be considered harassment.”

Dearborn police have conducted interviews with parties involved and once the investigation is complete the information will be sent to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)