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Senate Committee considers hazing bill

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Washington High School Junior Jack Gordon and five other members of the South Dakota Student Council put together a bill that wouldn't allow hazing -- or harassment in schools. They took on the work because South Dakota doesn't have a law in place.

"We're one of six states without it and we just thought it was important in case something does happen where a student is hurt," Gordon said.

And Jack says he want to prevent that from happening here but he says hazing is going on.

"It does happen. I know it happens at pretty much every high school. An initiation incident gone bad or something people thought would be funny went wrong."

The bill requires the board of local school districts and colleges to make sure they have a policy in place.

The group found two lawmakers to support the bill. Representative Tad Perry is one of them.

"I just love it when we have students who are self-started and initiate action and show a real interest in public affairs. This is our next generation and they'll be people sitting in our legislature," said Rep. Perry.

While this student isn't too sure what his future holds just yet -- he says for now, he hopes this bill he's helped write becomes law.

"It maybe makes people stop and think before they make someone else do something they might not want to do," Gordon said.

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony from the students Tuesday morning.

And the bill passed 4 to 3.

It will go to the senate floor Wednesday.

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