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Hazing Investigator Reports D-207 Response Appropriate

An independent investigator hired by Maine Township High School District 207 to review hazing incidents and policies within the district reported his findings to the board of education.

An independent investigator hired by Maine Township High School District 207 to review hazing incidents and policies within the district reported that district officials responded appropriately.

Sergio Acosta, an attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson, stated that D-207 and staff at Maine West High School in Des Plaines responded properly and promptly when reports of hazing were made in September 2012, according to a statement from D-207.

"The Board is pleased to learn that administrative employees at both the building and District office levels responded appropriately to the hazing allegations," D-207 stated. "The Board isalso pleased to receive Mr. Acosta’s recommendations which will be carefully considered for implementation as part of the Board’s commitment to eliminating practices and traditions that might lead to student hazing incidents."

The D-207 released a copy of a report prepared by Acosta of his findings and recommendations from the two-month investigation in a closed meeting. Acosta also gave the board legal advice and other findings in March, according to D-207's statement, which were not included in the public report.

To read more about the investigator's findings, click on the copies of the report and D-207's statement with this story.

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