Montgomery ISD says students have been punished for alleged hazing; authorities still investigating

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Parents and other community members in Montgomery ISD turned out Tuesday to hear how the school district responded to an alleged hazing incident that involved students off-campus.

The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees Tuesday night released a  lengthy statement in regards to an alleged hazing incident involving students off campus at a private residence.

The board read the statement after coming out of executive session that lasted more than two hours.

“At this point all necessary student punishments have been administered. Montgomery ISD will not be releasing any additional information about the specific students involved or any disciplinary consequences assigned. We realize this maybe an unsatisfactory result for those who desire more information about the facts or consequences, but we have a duty to protect our students, and we will continue to take all necessary precautions to maintain the privacy of MISD students as required by federal law,” said Board President Jim Dossey in a portion of the statement he read to the crowd gathered for the meeting.

Dossey expressed his gratitude to the MISD community for respecting the privacy of the students involved and not sharing false or unverified information about the investigation.

“Any person who has questions about MISD’s anti-hazing initiatives or resources available to students, who believe they have been the victim of hazing, may contact any MISD campus administrator for more information. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to state that the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees fully supports its students, teachers , campus and district level administrators, the MISD Police Department, {Superintendent] Dr. Beau Rees, and we look forward to a successful remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. That’s all,” Dossey said.

The Montgomery County  Sheriff’s office announced on Tuesday that they seized four cell phones from students of the Montgomery ISD on Oct. 11 related to the alleged hazing incident after they executed a search warrant. The phones are currently undergoing forensic examination. Detectives are aware of rumors about existing video of the alleged hazing incident and they encourage anyone with information about the alleged incident to come forward.

Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Children’s Safe Harbor, have interviewed numerous individuals in regards to the alleged incident.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, call the Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800, or Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867, and refer to case # 19A322293.

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