Stop School Sports Hazing to Protect Victims -- And Your Football Season

by Webmaster9/1/2016

While school sports hazing is being taken more seriously than in the days when I first started covering it, violence and sexual assault in the presumed name of building team unity is still a big problem, in part because there are still plenty of adults unwilling to take the necessary steps to stamp it out. (That’s in part because hazing as a form of initiation is so ingrained, and if you don’t believe me, here is a list of hazing deaths – since 1838.)

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Coach, six Philomath football players, cited in 'aggravated hazing' case at football camp

by Webmaster8/30/2016

Six Philomath High School varsity football players and one coach were cited Monday in connection with “aggravated hazing” incidents in July at Camp Rilea in Clatsop County, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said. More...

An expert explains the history of hazing

by Webmaster8/29/2016

Hank Nuwer has kept a record of every hazing death since 1838.

Hank Nuwer is a professor of journalism at Franklin College. He has spent over 30 years researching the topic of hazing on college campuses and has compiled a database of hazing-related deaths dating back to 1838. He is passionate about the prevention of hazing and has written extensively on the topic, both online and in print, in an attempt to shed light on a serious issue on college campuses.

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Letter: Hazing, bullying are different

by Webmaster8/29/2016

I take issue with the article regarding the ongoing investigation at Wood Memorial High School. From the very beginning, the incident has been referred to as hazing; now it is labeled bullying. There is a big difference between hazing and bullying. While I agree that bullying is reprehensible and should be strongly dealt with, hazing, by definition, implies a much stronger and humiliating experience.

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Hazing Allegations Leave Wood Memorial Faithful Shocked, Dismayed

by Webmaster8/24/2016

For the second straight week, there will be no game played under Friday night lights for the Wood Memorial High School football team. On Tuesday, East Gibson School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Henry Brewster announced the team would forfeit its Week 2 tilt against Tecumseh High School as the school corporation and Oakland City Police Department investigates allegations of hazing against the past and present members of the football team.

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Does College Hazing Defy the Laws It Spawned?

by Webmaster8/22/2016

Starting this week, about 20 million students will be arriving on college campuses for the fall semester, and while classrooms fill up, fraternities, sports teams and clubs of all kinds will open their rolls to new students and, inevitably, to initiation rites that can include hazing. Not just embarrassing or humiliating pranks, but physical abuse and serious physical peril, even death.

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Parents, students upset over Streetsboro Marching Band hazing accusations

by Webmaster8/18/2016

Was there or wasn’t there hazing at the Streetsboro Marching Rockets High School band camp?

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School districts take steps to comply with new anti-hazing law that applies to 7th to 12th graders

by Webmaster8/5/2016

A new state law aimed at ending hazing that went into effect July 25 extends the consequences of hazing down to 7th to 12th graders.

The law was drafted in the wake of an alleged incident at Conestoga High School where football players were accused of sodomizing a freshman player with a broomstick. Previously, the state anti-hazing law applied only to college students not those in secondary schools.

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U. of C. student sues fraternity over incident of hazing

by Webmaster7/29/2016

A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student is suing the Illinois chapter and national organization of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

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Police charge two Towson students in fraternity hazing incidents

by Webmaster7/28/2016

Baltimore County police charged two Towson University students Wednesday in a fraternity hazing incident that left a 19-year-old hospitalized.

Evan Palmer Francis and Alexander James Cantor, both 21, were charged with hazing and reckless endangerment. The university suspended the fraternity until the 2021-22 academic year in April after information about the incident came to light. 

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3 Defendants, Fraternity Challenge Hazing Death Evidence

by Webmaster7/26/2016

Three former fraternity brothers and the group itself are challenging evidence in the upcoming criminal trial over a pledge's death during a hazing ritual in the eastern Pennsylvania mountains.

The Pocono Record  reports a Monroe County judge held a hearing Monday on the challenges filed by the former Baruch College fraternity brothers Sheldon Won, Raymond Lam and Kenny Kwan— and the Pi Delta Psi fraternity, itself.

They want the judge to throw out some statements made to police and other evidence. The judge didn't immediately rule.

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Hazing in the Phillipines

by Webmaster7/18/2016

Several students of University of Mindanao-Tagum College are under investigation and may be expelled from the school for their involvement in initiation rites of ROTC cadets, according to Joseph Morong's report on "24 Oras" on Monday. A video of the hazing showing cadets being hit hard repeatedly on their chest and stomach was uploaded on the internet. In the video, one cadet was seen whimpering in pain every time he was hit. He was also seen collapsing on the floor several times.

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GOAT Offical Trailer is Out

by Webmaster7/11/2016

A new (graphic) movie is out about hazing at a fictional university. Trailer is below.

WARNING: this trailer is graphic.

Did Broward high school coach approve of graphic hazing?

by Webmaster6/23/2016

COOPER CITY, Fla. - The parent of a South Florida high school student complained to local authorities after she says her son was the victim of a hazing incident.

The parent said her son, a member of the Cooper City High School baseball team, was hazed by teammates during a road trip to a tournament in Altamonte Springs the week of March 21-25.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office report, the student told his mother that five teammates came into his room and pulled his underwear down before he was able to fight them off.

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Leechburg Area to hire new basketball coach in wake of hazing allegations

by Webmaster6/14/2016

The Leechburg Area school board will hire a new coach of the high school varsity boy’s basketball team tonight after hazing allegations surfaced earlier this year.

District officials said board members will meet at 7 p.m. for a special meeting. 

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Even Pro Athletes Can Be Hazed.

by Webmaster6/7/2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston rookie Tyler White was the victim of a prank on Saturday that left his Range Rover Evoque on the warning track in center field before the game.

Some of Houston's veterans, led by ace Dallas Keuchel, orchestrated the prank.

Keuchel says: "As long as you don't take it out of context it's all fun and games and it makes you a little bit stronger. So (White) is one of the guys we like and we'll continue to get on him a little bit and it will make him tougher." More...

Q&A with expert Hank Nuwer

by Webmaster5/31/2016

Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law got an update last week, making it a misdemeanor crime for middle and high school students in addition to those at colleges at universities.

To better understand the issue of hazing, LNP talked with national advocate and researcher Hank Nuwer. Nuwer is a journalism professor at Franklin College in Indiana and a founding board member of HazingPrevention.org.

I think the definition is shifting. Hazing, even if silly and bizarre, was supposed to be all about welcoming newcomers. Bullying was to shame and to humiliate newcomers or others perceived to be outside the bully's peer group. Now there is sexual hazing, including rape and sodomy, which in no way can be condoned and does not in the least resemble a practice of welcoming newcomers. 

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Pa. House passes bill to expand anti-hazing law to high schools

by Webmaster5/18/2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that would expand the state’s anti-hazing law to include public and private high schools is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for final approval.

House Bill 1574 was passed Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.

The measure by state Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) makes it a third-degree misdemeanor when a student is forced to take part in abusive or humiliating conduct for initiation into a team or group.

Schools would be required to post anti-hazing policies online and provide copies to all athletic coaches. More...

Former Saint's mom called NFL coach after son's rookie hazing dinner

by Webmaster5/9/2016

Former NFL defensive end Jevon Kearse spoke with TMZ.com and told a story about how former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman, then Philadelphia Eagles rookie, Brodrick Bunkley was left with a $50,000 bill at a restaurant.

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Miami suspends 2 frats for hazing, alcohol violations

by Webmaster4/19/2016

A 3rd suspended frat still in appeals process   Two fraternities at Miami University, Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Kappa Tau, have been suspended following investigations into allegations of hazing and alcohol violations.

A third fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, was also suspended, but its appeals process is currently pending, a university spokesperson said.

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