MISSION, Texas – At a recent Sharyland ISD board meeting the community spoke out on an alleged hazing incident involving students from Pioneer High school. It brought two former students together to team up and organize a rally in support of sexual assault survivors.
“We expect it to be emotional but hopefully healing for everyone that’s involved.”
Dante Flores-Demarchi is a co-organizer for the march set for Feb. 1 at Banworth Park in Mission. He is a former student of Sharyland High School and says the district’s administration does a poor job in helping students.
“They see kids as problem children instead of children with problems that they have the responsibility to look after and council and help get better and contribute to the world.”
Flores-Demarchi and fellow alumni/event organizer Zitlalit Melgarejo reached out to local sexual assault awareness and public health organizations. They asked them to attend and provide resources for the community.
Sharyland ISD administration has not commented on the alleged sexual assault involving members of the Pioneer High School Swim team. Since releasing a statement on January 17th, the district condemning “inaccurate” and “false” information on the case circulating on social media.
DeMarchi says he is disappointed with how the district is handling the situation and is demanding change. “We want Sharyland to start putting their children first and really thinking about the impact they can have on these students.”
DeMarchi adds this march in not just for the Sharyland community, but for anyone who has felt silenced after experiencing sexual harassment or assault. The march is set for Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3:00 p.m. at Banworth Park in Mission. Organizers are encouraging attendees to wear Teal.