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Scouring the blogs: why high school athletic hazing can be cowardly and brutal

This blog published a piece on hazing in which former quarterback Don McPherson denounced it.  Right after the expected endorsement of hazing as a way to get respect, one young person wrote this.  I found it very sad. Whatever happened to stronger athletes sticking up for a teammate out of respect for the team and individual:

We had a hazing incedent last year at my school in Massachusetts. The seniors picked on a fat freshman kid on the football team. Some things they did to him were…
1. Ultimate wedgie
2. when showering they would slap him hard and leave hand prints.
3. punch him in the private area
4. shot him with a blow dart thing and BB gun once at a team dinner.
5. At another team dinner they took off all his clothes, threw him outside in the rain and threw food at him.
6. put his football equipment in the shower.
7. One kid hit him with his dress up shoe a lot of times…

There was more but I can’t remember them all. 

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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