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Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith on how team leaders need to step up to prevent hazing and bullying in high schools.

Ozzie Smith said that young players today need to learn sportsmanship and to stop other players from bullying new and weaker players in initiations called hazing. “You have to use a little restraint and a little common sense too,” said Smith. “Some guys are never going to understand how not to take things too far. You’re always going to have those kind of people. But then you also have people around that are smart enough to say, “Hey, things are getting out of hand.”

–from the interview with Hank Nuwer with Ozzie Smith, Hall of Fame baseball player and now a goodwill ambassador for education for the Hall of Fame.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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