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Thread #59651   Message #953530
Posted By: NicoleC
15-May-03 - 11:16 PM
Thread Name: BS: What should happen to the IL hazers?
Subject: RE: BS: What should happen to the IL hazers?
When I went to HS there (late 60's), it was an honored tradition, school-supported (in fact if not in policy), that all incoming freshmen were hazed on a particular day just after the start of the school year.

It doesn't indicated a change in values on this subject, to me, if this has been going on for 30+ years.

The silliness of the perpetrators' parents suing the school about graduation and the kids not grasping the magnitude of their deed? Yes, I think what you said fits a lot. That kind of obtuseness comes from a failure, as a society, to encourage people to think about their actions in terms of ethics and consequences. It's always someone ELSE'S fault, right? Sadly, I don't think that your hometown, even if it hadn't had the boom it did, would have escaped that mentality.

It's hard to watch a place you love change for the worse. I watched my childhood home do that, too, as a teenager. And we had some hazing at my high schools, but it was pretty mild. If you were caught, you were suspended -- whether the victim complained or not, or was injured or not. That had a remarkable effect on keeping it down to some very limited activity.

But if the parents of the victims chose to sue the school, and I were sitting on a jury that was told that the school has tacitly and/or actively supported hazing since at least the 60's, I'd been inclined to think the school had some liability here. I doubt this is the first time a student has been seriously injured during overzealous hazing -- but this time it was a group and it was caught on videotape for everyone to see instead of push under the table out of peer pressure to just suck it up because it happens to every freshman. (And no doubt parent pressure, too, of former students of that school.)

Lordy, being a teenager is hard enough without *encouraging* the kids to humiliate each other!