"There really is nothing like a shorn swimmer. It's breathtaking."

Swim-team ritual ended after outcry

Campbell officials this week quickly put an end to a longtime ritual among city-sponsored swim teams. Teenage boys and girls will no longer hold coed ``shave-downs'' at the Campbell Community Center.

The action followed complaints from parents of girls on a 6- through-8-year-old swim team who walked in on teenagers shaving themselves and their teammates in the girls locker room. The teen boys and girls, 14 through 17 years old, are members of the Campbell Wavemakers Senior Division Swim Team. [...]

Dean said one parent told him that his daughter, who is 8, glimpsed one male teen ``who found the event stimulating.'' [...]

The incident took place Jan. 17. In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, city recreation officials described the incident as ``swimmers shaved themselves, with some young swimmers receiving assistance from the older ones.'' Recreation officials apologized in the letter ``to any participant and parents who may have been uncomfortable with the shave-down.'' [...]

``And I think it's unfortunate that it's going to end,'' she said of the shaving, ``because it's a wonderful team-building event. That's a shame.''

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8 Responses:

  1. bdu says:

    damn, MY high school swim team never had co-ed shaving events...

  2. jette says:

    Don't those parents know how to teach their children any basic ettiquette? You are not supposed to notice or call attention to what other people do in the rest room.

    • feren says:

      I don't think it's every day a 7-year-old girl gets to see teens of both genders shaving one another's pubes in the restroom.

      They're not rude, just dumb. I'm convinced they're the only kids in the world that would tattle about seeing that.

  3. icis_machine says:

    kids between 6-8 are curious not that freightened.

    i can see one or two but not all of them. furthermore, if they are tramatized, it's because of what the parents aren't teaching the kids. this is purely a social etiquette and not one of innate danger. the only thing i can see as breaking the rules was that there were boys in the girls locker room.

    • bitpuddle says:

      I think excessive body hair is vulgar. Go swimmers. Shave away.

      This story only reinforces my opinion that people should pass some kind of test to become a parent. Teaching children this kind of shame doesn't make the world a better place.

  4. thesliver says:

    I didn't realise American education could be so enjoyable.