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Solon Schools To Emphasize Hazing Policy As Students Return

With the 2012-13 school year set to begin, Superintendent Joe Regano discussed the hazing policy with the school board.

Solon Superintendent Joe Regano said school officials, club leaders and coaches plan to emphasize the school hazing policy as students return.

Last year, a number of Solon swimmers .

Regano said Monday that school officials have been discussing hazing with a renewed emphasis, particularly the clause in the policy that says that even if a student consents to hazing, the act will still be disciplined.

"We will work very hard to make sure all our students understand this," Regano told the school board Monday night.

The hazing policy reads:

Students shall not threaten, act, or participate in or attempt to threaten, act or participate in any act or acts that injures, degrades, disgraces, or tends to injure, degrade, or disgrace any student.

Hazing is defined as doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by any individual subjected to hazing does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.

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