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Lawmaker hopes to get hazing law passed Web Staff
September 20, 2017 06:02 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- From a case nearly a decade ago involving high school football players in Las Vegas sodomized with a broom to claims last summer of a Cleveland High School baseball player sexually harassing a 12-year-old boy, New Mexico has seen its share of hazing.


New Mexico is one of six states with no laws against hazing, but it seems to be a challenge getting one passed.

"Our kids need to be able to feel safe. They need to be able to feel safe in their schools and school settings," said state Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque.

Youngblood proposed a bill this previous legislative session to prohibit hazing in public schools. It made it to the Senate before it ran out of time, but Youngblood is planning to try again.

"It's my hope that the legislators will see that and make sure this bill not a fast pass through the legislative system," she said. "Let's get something on the books."

Some critics worry new hazing laws will only create a new generation of criminals. Youngblood said her effort is based on laws already in place.

Youngblood adds a majority of hazing is not reported, so simply bringing more awareness to the issue is a big step forward.

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