AUSTIN (KXAN) - A trio of upperclassmen at Anderson High School were disciplined for allegedly paddling two incoming freshmen, the school's principal said in a letter to parents.
Donna Houser said in the letter that three upperclassmen and one former student took part in the "welcoming ceremony" for the two freshmen at a student's home.
While the letter acknowledges allegations of paddling, the letter does not say what happened, only that the students participated "in a very dangerous activity" before school started.
After receiving several tips about the students who were involved, Houser said the students were called in and consequences were handed down on Aug. 26.
""We, at Anderson, never want our students to feel anything but safe and secure when dealing with our school community and our current and past students," Houser said. "I hope this is the last time we will ever have to address this issue and I would appreciate it if all parents would have a serious discussion with their student about expectations for behavior with peers."
Houser said the older students were not from any particular team or group and were acting on their own.
Austin Police said last week the child abuse division was investigating the case , including the possible connection to a 17-year-old student arrested for DWI. That student was found with a reportedly intoxicated 14-year-old with apparent injuries from paddling, police said.
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