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There are a lot of people affected by the ripple effect of the NHS hazing incident: Kids who don't know if they have a season, coaches who don't have a job, a community of parents and supporters who feel let down and a school district who feels the need to put out fires instead of laying down fire retardant.

Then there is a mascot change in the works (not related to the hazing, but a nice distraction I'd say), that will cost thousands up to a million dollars if we are being realistic. Heck, let's throw our money at that instead of some other more relevant needs, like the possible school counselor budget cuts?

Anyway, there is a lot going on right now in the Napa High School family, but one thing resonates very loudly: accountability. The one thing I just keep telling my kids, the one lesson (and oh there are a lot to be had here), is just to stand up to the bullies, the hazers, those taking things too far. If you see something or feel something that isn't right tell someone, stop it dead in its tracks and learn or know situational boundaries.

We don't need to have hazing defined, folks, we need kids to have right and wrong instilled. Any boy that watched this hazing take place and didn't stop it, is guilty by association.

One, two, three... 10 boys had a chance that day to make a different or better decision; teach your children to be the one that makes the difference. Be the kid (or even the grown up), who stands up for what's right, protects those who can't defend themselves and who is the loudest voice of reason when others can't hear that small voice telling them to stop.

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This incident is sad, embarrassing and shameful; hindsight is 20/20. We have an opportunity to change future outcomes, save others and teach the hard lessons. There is a victim in all this who has to heal, let's wrap it up, NVUSD.

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Make a difference, rally behind choosing the right path. Let's help make our kids better than this incident.

Jodie Perry-Zimmerman

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