Hamilton High School students have mixed reactions to the current police investigation into a sex-assault case involving their school and how the scandal will affect its sports program and campus climate long-term.
Some believe the ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct involving the football team will not change the culture of student-to-student interaction or the atmosphere of the sports programs – including football – while others reported sensing changes already.
“Things are taken more seriously after what happened last year, but I haven’t seen that many changes,” sophomore Mariana Flores said.
While Flores said she hasn’t seen drastic changes in the hallways, she said she does think the sports programs will be affected much more.
“I wouldn’t say that there was a big change, but certain teachers have been acting a little strange, personally the coaches,” senior Chris Lee said. “If you have a coach as a teacher, you can kind of tell that they’re under the weather when it comes to the lawsuit itself.”
Other than small differences in some classrooms, Lee said there is no “defined change” visible in the campus climate. He added, though, Hamilton might have to adapt to new public perceptions of its sports program.
Other students also have noticed a change in how Hamilton is perceived by other schools. Seniors Kaitlyn Moran and Ariel Kuo said when they meet other people who learn they attend Hamilton, it is usually met with a skeptical reaction because the investigation is immediately associated with the…
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