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Locker room code hopes to make change


The Wisconsin Rapids School District is stepping up efforts to make sure students are safe in locker rooms.

District leaders tell Newsline 9 the guidelines were created to clarify expectations in the locker room. The policy first went into place last October.

That came on the heels of alleged criminal activity and harassment in the wrestling locker room.

While the district's human resources director did not want to comment on camera, he says verbal rules were in place, but the incidents helped speed up the process for written ones.

"Something needs to be done," Wisconsin Rapids parent Jim Kiedrowski said.

Newsline 9 did obtain a copy of the guidelines.

The first set of expectations lays out how to be respectful, responsible and committed.

One section says to "maintain personal boundaries," and that athletes will not horse play, whip towels or touch anyone inappropriately.

Coaches have their own set of expectations. The district laid out that proper supervision is required in the locker room at all times.

One parent says the rules head in the right direction, but may not be perfect.

"In light of what happened in the past, I think part of it's a good thing. But kids need to have a little bit of freedom, especially when you're talking 15-16 years of age," Kiedrowski said.

The guidelines say that coaches are responsible for members of their own team. They are also supposed to promote the expectations to their student athletes.

Newsline 9 reached out to numerous coaches and district leaders for their comments to help explain the new guidelines. They all either didn't return our calls or did not want to speak on camera.


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