Schools reopen, renew push against hazing
By Robert Carroll, Globe Correspondent | September 7, 2006
For many area high school athletes, autumn means end-zone celebrations, beautifully crafted soccer goals, and long putts coolly drained. But for some players, it could signify something darker — like being forced to drink alcohol, shave their heads, and even endure beatings.
Hazing season, as some refer to it, is upon us.
“The start of school sports is always a time to start monitoring,” said Paul Wetzel, spokesman for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. … Hank Nuwer, author of the book “High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs,” points to a 1999 study by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that found that 80 percent of student athletes had, at some point, faced a hazing incident as reason to believe the situation might never be totally cleared. “Hazing is out there,” said Nuwer.
Nuwer said he believes mentoring programs like those in place at Duxbury and Plymouth North are a great start.
“When older kids respect younger kids, there isn’t that need for control,” he said. “That’s the key.”
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Excerpt: UWSP Looks Out for Hazing After Dance Team Incident
Hazing will not be tolerated at UW-Stevens Point. That’s the message University officials are sending out as the school year starts without any performances by the dance team.
The team is giving up their status as an official school organization, while the University checks out allegations that some new members were hazed after some suggestive photos showed up on the internet.
The UW-Stevens Point dance team isn’t admitting these photos show hazing. Still, members gave up their rights before other student groups could be affected in the University’s investigation.