Counselors give advice on how to handle severe hazing situations

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — After the Grundy County High School situation, where five students face attempted aggravated rape charges, counselors have advice for parents, if they suspect their child is in a severe hazing situation.

The situation at Grundy County high school is not new. Similar cases happened with Ooltewah students, and around the country. Experts at Parkridge Valley say now, kids may feel more comfortable telling someone about the hazing, bullying or abuse.

“They didn’t know who to go to, what could be done about it. There has been a little bit of a precedent set with handling some of the cases prior,” said Mindy Brown, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at Parkridge Valley.

If a parent suspects there child may be involved in a bullying situation, there are ways to find out what is going on.

“I think the most important thing to know that there should be open lines of communication. There are resources that can be reached out to. Obviously having the conversation with the school or the team or whoever you feel is speculating it and try to get your child talking to someone that they trust,” Brown said.

Brown says there are times where kids stand up for themselves, but in other cases they are afraid.

“There are going to be sometimes situations where kids don’t want to be bullied themselves so they tend to stay in the shadows a little bit,” Brown said.

According to experts, in severe cases of bullying the trauma can last for years.

“It takes time to process these things and people get hurt and it takes a lot of time to come to terms with some of these things. This is something that people take on with them moving on in life,” Brown said.

The Grundy County High School Football game was cancelled on Friday. The school board will hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss the future of the program.

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