Letter to the Editor: How Bingo is Changing After an Incident of Harassment

Dear editor,

In light of the recent article by a student who had been harassed by a patron at Tiger Bingo while waiting to do clean-up, we would like to let SPHS students and parents know about new policies we have instituted to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our wonderful student and parent volunteers.

This month, Tiger Bingo is celebrating its 32nd year of supporting all of the sports and extracurricular activities that make SPHS the incredible high school that it is. Student and parent volunteers are the most important part of what we do every Saturday night, and we on the committee work hard to make their experience as safe and productive as possible. We have a no tolerance policy toward any patron harassing or making our volunteers uncomfortable.

Because of that, we are very concerned about the incident described in the article and have instructed our security guards to assign one officer to be with the students who come for cleanup while they are outside the gym. In addition, any patron caught approaching a student in a manner that makes them feel threatened or harassed will be barred from playing Tiger Bingo.

Tiger Bingo is the best way to raise money for activities here at SPHS, and because it is so successful, starting in July we will be increasing the amount that can be raised by volunteering to work. We thank all of you for your support, and we will always be looking for ways to improve and enhance your experience raising money through Tiger Bingo.

Thank you,
Maryann Nielsen, Bingo Committee member
David Zeiger, Bingo President

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