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High School Hazing Summary for 2010

My research: There have been 31
verifiable, serious high school events in 2010 involving athletic hazing. 8 of the 30 involved beatings or physical violence. 14 involved sexual
hazing. Two involved nudity or states of undress (one of the two causing
frostbite to the victim). There were 6 incidents in which high school
officials refused to disclose det…ails about the hazings. In addition
there were four serious incidents involving the hazing of younger new students
by older students and one case of band hazing. The list does not include so-called silly or non-serious hazing incidents
involving minor events such as requiring high school newcomers to wear silly
garb.

In addition, there were at least 7 cases of sexual hazings in criminal and/or civil
courts in 2010 involving cases occurring between 2007 and 2009.

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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