Are you a student who has been hazed?

By Caudill (CMS) Kathy on July 12, 2014 student services Print

If you have been hazed, seek help from an adult you trust. Even if you voluntarily participated in a hazing activity, still seek assistance. Hazing is defined as any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to belong to a group, regardless of their willingness to participate. So even if you agreed to participate, hazing is wrong and harmful. Demeaning or dangerous activities are not necessary to be a part of a team/group. Interscholastic athletics and activities should revolve around respect, teamwork and fair play, not initiation rituals that involve hazing. So, talk to a trusted adult about any activity that feels uncomfortable. This adult should help you sort things out, explain school and legal procedures, and help you through it all.  If the first adult you seek does not help you do this and you still feel uncomfortable about what happened, talk to another adult you trust and who will help you.