Well, its been about ten days since the hazing incident in Rye and I'm beginning to wonder if we have any leaders in Rye.
I started MyRye.com over six years ago and beyond being an unapologetic enthusiast for Rye City, I have not been one to publish opinions. There are a lot of private conversations going on in the wake of the hazing charges but I find it disturbing that not a single Rye leader as best I can tell is speaking out other than some canned PR stuff from school superintendent Ed Shine.
Not the schools. Not the PTO. Not the teachers. Not the coaches. Not the Mayor. Not the City Council. Not the Rye Youth Council. Not the YMCA. Not the clergy. Not the parents. Not the young people. Not the victims. Not the accused. Not the police.
We teach our kids to speak up when you know something is wrong. Show them how to do it. Don't be a bystander. Change only happens when you speak up.
The window is closing to leverage bad for some good. For a conversation about decency and community norms. There is a Rye City Council meeting this Wednesday, June 13th at 8pm. There is a Rye City School District Meeting on a draft Code of Conduct (really, its true..) on Monday, June 18th at 9am. And then the schools let out... and then excuses will be made and there will blather about talking in the fall...
We are so unbelievable fortunate to live here in a community with so much and then the silence in the wake of all this. It is deafening. From what we hear at MyRye.com, this "tradition" (problem number one, it's being called a tradition) has been going on for years, although perhaps it was more violent this year than usual. We hear that part of this is the older brothers and their friends targeting the younger brothers. We hear that some mothers expect and accept this, and welcome their beaten 8th graders back into their homes as a rite of passage. It’s truly sick.
We need some leadership around here. Who is going to step up? We want to hear your voices.
-Jay Sears, Publisher, MyRye.com