According to the website insidehazing.com hundreds of thousands of high school and college students are hazed each year. As reported by Time “Hank Nuwer, a professor of journalism at Franklin College who has researched and written extensively about hazing, has documented 33 hazing deaths involving fraternities nationwide in the past decade. . . In the wake of each death, a familiar pattern repeats: the victim’s parents express outrage, students mourn at a candlelight vigil and university leaders promise reforms—but too often, critics say, little changes.”
Examples of hazing include:
- Forced activities for new recruits to ‘prove’ their worth to join
- Forced or required consumption of alcohol
- Requirement to endure hardships such as staying awake, menial tasks, physical labor, running while blindfolded, etc.
- Beatings, paddling, or other physical acts against new or potential members
- Illegal activities such as a requirement to steal local items as part of a scavenger hunt
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