By: Kayla Henson
He said students who were too tolerant of harmful or offensive behavior before are now reporting the behavior to him.
The vaping incident involved three junior high students. One boy was trying to get two girls to vape. The bullying incident also involved a junior high student and resulted in a parent meeting.
Of the incidents reported, 68% were from junior high school students.
Hochhalter believes some of the reason for the lower reporting by high schoolers comes from their higher tolerance for behavior and that they may feel more comfortable talking to him directly.
“Junior high schoolers are still pretty intimidated by me. I’m student council adviser, I’m a track coach, and I’m the prom adviser, so they see me in a different vein, and they’re more trusting of me. (To) junior high kids, I’m still the mean guy. If I’m in trouble, I talk to Father,” he said.
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