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High School Hazing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal judge says he won't lift the suspension of two suburban Chicago high school students accused of participating in a violent hazing ritual.

The two 18-year-old women had been hoping for a temporary restraining order. They say they were suspended without due process. And they deny taking part in any of the offensive behavior videotaped on May 4, when seniors covered junior girls with mud, paint, feces and garbage in front of a cheering crowd.

Thirty-one students at the upscale high school have been suspended, and 15 have been charged with battery.

The school board has told the students they can graduate on time if they don't fight expulsion or try to exploit the situation with a book or movie deal.

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Hazing

  • Hazing is defined as "Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.” - - Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group

    Types of Hazing

    • Subtle Hazing - Actions that are against accepted sorority or fraternity standards of conduct, behavior and good tastes. An activity or attitude directed toward a pledge or an act which ridicules, humiliates or embarrasses.

    • - Harassment Hazing - Anything that causes mental anguish or physical discomfort to the pledge. Any activity or activity directed toward a pledge or activity which confuses, frustrates or causes undue stress.

      Myths & Facts

    • Myth: Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily.
      Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.

    • Myth: Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry.
      Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others --- it is victimization. Hazing is pre-meditated and not accidental. Hazing is abusive, degrading and can be life-threatening.

    • Myth: If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing.
      Fact: In states that have laws against hazing consent of the victim can't be used as a defense in a civil suit.

      Source: http://www.stophazing.org contributed to this report.


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