Hazing News

Maryland modern-day “Dazed and Confused” attack?


Some Montgomery County parents want answers after students were attacked in what they call ‘freshman hazing’ incidents.

It happened over the past two days at Gaithersburg High School during what is known as ‘spirit week’.

ABC 7’s Jay Korff was told that during spirit week some students go around with sharpies and write the letter “f” on freshman.

Students say some of their classmates take advantage of this right of passage by roaming hallways – looking for freshman – especially the ones who run or resist.

Some say the students take things too far.

One parent, who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution against his child, said his son was attacked by nine or 10 kids. The group held down his son and wrote on his face and clothing with permanent marker.

A spokesperson for Montgomery County Schools says the administration’s number one priority is student safety.

He says they take these kinds of threats very seriously, but the administration has only received one complaint this week about this problem.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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