Parents at Malibu High School were alerted to possible hazing of eight-grade students by soon-to-be seniors in a letter sent home Friday warning them of an initiation for girls that may force teens in bikinis to roll in the sand after being covered in cat food.
The letter, which outlined more violent rituals for male students, implored parents to get involved.
“This is not a rite of passage. It is dangerous and could have tragic results. Following the hazing, there may be a party involving alcohol hosted by 11th graders. This, too, is extremely dangerous and against the law,” the letter read.
School officials believe past initiations ended with drinking parties at the beach and inside gated communities. The letter was sent home ahead a weekend that they heard would include the rituals.
“You just never know what you're going to get, there's no such thing as a safe neighborhood anymore,” said Brett Linden, parent of a student at Malibu High School.
“I talk to a lot of the kids all the time; I'm not afraid to talk to the students or get involved and I'm not too worried about it.”
Neighbors in the area were concerned about the rituals.
“I think it's messed up, I don't think it's something people should tolerate, parents should be aware of their children,” said Hector Velis, who lives in the area but does not have a child at the school.
School officials advised parents to check in on each other and their children, particularly off-campus and at night “between now and the end of the year.”
“Call to check on them; be sure you know who they are with; check with other parents so that you are working together to support your children. Please be strong and do not give in when your children plead to attend,” the letter read.