Viera High School Principal Releases Statement Regarding Investigation into Alleged Hazing Incident
By Space Coast Daily // August 20, 2023
45-second video has been circulated on social media
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — Viera High School officials are investigating an alleged hazing incident that happened with members of the football team that was recorded on video prior to the start of the school on Aug. 10.
There have been mixed reports and speculation of what exactly occurred, and the following statement from Viera High School Principal Heather LeGate outlining the situation was released Saturday evening:
Hello, Hawk Nation.
I wish the victories at the kickoff classic weren’t overshadowed by the situation currently circulating within our school community. As I’ve said to you before, I believe in transparency with my parents and community but there are times when the information I can give is limited.
Anytime students are involved, I must adhere to FERPA, (Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act), when speaking about an incident.
This prohibits me from giving names, details, and outcomes of disciplinary action. I can tell you that there was an incident this week involving multiple students. Please rest assured that I am investigating the situation and following the discipline policy set forth by Brevard Public Schools. I know that we are all on the same page about keeping every student safe on and off campus and appreciate your continued support.
M.Ed. Principal Viera High School
The 45-second video, which was apparently shot by Viera football players in a locker room setting, has been circulated on social media and depicts the incident that LeGate is now investigating.
“There is an ongoing investigation into the actions of multiple Viera High School students,” said a Brevard Public Schools spokesperson. “Our focus is to work with district security and school-based administrators to complete a thorough investigation in a timely manner.”
The Hawk football team’s 2023 regular season begins next Friday at South Fork.