NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the recent arrests of three Bronx High School of Science students for hazing “inappropriate” and “despicable,” if true.
The athletic director — identified on the school’s Web site as Marion Dietrich — and two track coaches have been suspended from their positions at the school, following the arrests of three students in connection with a sexually violent hazing.
“There’s a very bright line between joking and having fun with each other and hazing, and doing something that may be hurtful to another person,” said New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, “and we’re not going to tolerate that in New York City Public Schools.”
One of the suspended staffers is a substitute teacher, one is a full time teacher and one is a retired teacher.
The two coaches who are still teachers will retain their teaching jobs at the school, which are not affected by the suspension, CBS 2 reported.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day Bloomberg railed against the whole idea of hazing. The mayor had a look of disgust on his face as he commented on the scandal at the elite public school, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported Tuesday.
“It’s despicable, if it happened. I don’t know, you don’t know what the truth of the matter is, but there’s no place for hazing in school,” Bloomberg told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.