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Lawmakers want to study hazing problem

Lawmakers want to study hazing problem



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The chairmen of the Utah State Legislature's Education Interim Committee want to know if hazing is a big problem in Utah.

Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, plan to hold a hearing on the issue. Hughes told KSL NewsRadio's "Nightside Project" that he is seeking to find out if hazing is a widespread problem in Utah schools.

"We've been made aware of some, I believe, some pretty serious incidents of hazing," he said.

Hughes told KSL's Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry that the stories he's being told are pretty horrifying.

"It's our public schools where it brings me the greatest angst," he said. "It's where these students are going to school and they don't feel safe. There's some things, we're talking bodily fluids here, feces. Can you even say that on the radio guys?"

But Hughes said he did not know how widespread the problem was in Utah schools. Most recently, a group of Utah State University students were charged with hazing in the death of a fellow student. However, none have been sentenced on that specific charge.

Hughes heard some stories of bullying and hazing on the "Nightside Project." They're seeking more input. Hughes can be reached at ghughes@utah.gov, and Stephenson at hstephenson@utahsenate.org

E-mail:bwinslow@ksl.com

Ben Winslow

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