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Newbold said in the letter that the event was designed by and for the cheerleaders, but it was not “directly organized as part of the cheer program.” A Fulton Schools spokesperson confirmed that the event where the hazing occurred was an off-campus, non-school sanctioned activity.
“At that event, several acts of hazing were committed, all of varying degrees,” Newbold wrote. “Hazing and bullying of any kind are not tolerated by Centennial High School or Fulton County Athletics, even when branded as team ‘initiation.’”
Newbold added: “I do not think these athletes acted with intent to harm but intent is irrelevant with hazing.”
Centennial student Bradley Scomma says he knows the girls involved.
“I think they should have not gotten kicked off,” Scomma told Channel 2. “They were initiating a new freshman on varsity and they had a sleepover and they pushed a girl into the pool with her clothes on. Apparently they have been doing this for like, a long time to a lot of people, so they kind of got busted.”
A female student told Channel 2 that the girls “rightfully got kicked off the team.”
A spokesperson for the Roswell Police Department told the AJC that there is not a criminal investigation into the hazing incident and “no one” at the department is “familiar with” it.
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