In the aftermath of a hazing incident at a summer basketball camp, two Andover High School students have been expelled, the franchised basketball camp (Hoop Mountain) has been kicked off the college campus where the camp was held, and a legal investigation is underway as well.
I appeared on NECN’s The Morning Show (NECN is the regional cable news network for New England) to discuss how parents can try to prevent, and protect their children, from hazing by asking questions of and about coaches and camp counselors.
(Note: I am in fact 36 weeks pregnant here. I don’t always look like this! I will be able to show my son his first– in utero– television appearance someday though.)
For more of my thoughts on protecting youth from potentially predatory or untrustworthy coaches, teachers, and camp counselors, check out this piece on the need for state coaching certifications, this piece on summer camps, and this on questions you should ask of all your child’s afterschool instructors.
(Also, in case we needed any more disturbing reminders about who we allow around our children, this story came out today about a children’s casting agent sexually abusing kids [I guess it shouldn't surprise me that you can become a children's casting agent and never go through a background check to make sure you aren't a pedophile.]).