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Student athletes at Stephenville High demonstrate in attempt to get back to playing sports

Student athletes at Stephenville High School (from left) Davis Fowlow, Alyssa LeRoy and Julia Patten wear their team jerseys in a peaceful protest against their sports programs being suspended while an investigation takes place into hazing allegations at their school.
Student athletes at Stephenville High School (from left) Davis Fowlow, Alyssa LeRoy and Julia Patten wear their team jerseys in a peaceful protest. - Submitted

Davis Fowlow says treating everyone equally isn’t always fair, especially with the situation she and fellow athletes at Stephenville High School are facing right now.

The school suspended all athletic programs in mid-October after it was learned that some students at the school may have been involved in hazing activities.

Students at the school held a peaceful protest on Wednesday by pasting posters to lockers and wearing team jerseys to school.

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Fowlow estimated that about three-quarters of the school population were wearing their team jerseys and she said it was really nice to see a number of teachers were also wearing jerseys in support of their cause.

Many of the posters highlighted the fact that not all of the students are involved in hazing and they don’t feel it’s fair that everyone should be punished for the actions of some.

Fowlow plays soccer, volleyball and basketball.

Corp. John Butler of the Bay St. George RCMP said their investigation continues into the school’s report of the hazing activities, and officers are looking to see if there have been any Criminal Code violations at the school.

He noted the police don’t have anything to do with suspending the athletic programs at the school, and that was a decision of the school administration.

Fowlow said athletes at the school hope the RCMP or school can give them some information on the situation because they are currently in the dark.

Meanwhile, all the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District would say in an email is that as the process is still unfolding, the district prefers to have the school complete the important education with students, as well as the RCMP to complete their work.

The protesting athletes have come up with a message: #WeDon’tHazeWePlays.

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