October 24, 2014
Dear Viking students and families,
On Thursday, 10/23/14, the local CBS affiliate ran a story on their 10 o’clock news program that cast a heavy shadow on Lamar High School. This past summer, pictures of three of our cheerleaders surfaced, and they did not reflect well on the girls or on Lamar. The behaviors evident in the pictures warranted action from our administrators and head cheerleading coach, and the cheerleaders were given consequences commensurate with those detailed in the AISD Student Code of Conduct. The Family Educational Right to Privacy Act prevents the disclosure of a student’s infraction and disciplinary consequences, hence, their punishments cannot and will not be shared with anyone besides the student, the student’s parents and school staff members on a need-to-know basis.
Since the pictures came to the school’s attention, Lamar has followed AISD policy, and the three cheerleaders have separately either satisfactorily met the requirements of their consequences, or the Lamar administration has appropriately responded to the failure to do so. As a result, the matter is settled and we are moving forward. No one is happy with what occurred in the pictures; they are embarrassing for our school, and they are not representative of past and present Vikings or the Lamar Way.
Every day, Lamar High School students make choices about their personal behavior. Sometimes these choices have positive consequences, and sometimes they have negative consequences. We are here to guide and educate our students, which includes supporting them when they have made poor decisions. We encourage our students, expect excellence from them, and when they falter, we correct them and support them as we would any other student. We take very seriously that we are modeling appropriate behavior for our students with regard to allowing students to move forward after making mistakes. We can all uphold high standards for behavior while expecting improvement each day. This is an appeal to our better selves, to recognize our humanity while striving to exceed it. That’s what I’m going to do, and that’s what I’m asking you to do.
Andy Hagman, Principal