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As parents across the nation wake up each morning the first thing that crosses their minds should not be whether or not their children are in danger of being emotionally and physically abused by their peers However over the past decade this concern has become a major problem in schools across the nation The threat I speak of is hazing For those people who do not know hazing is defined as an initiation process involving harassment Merriam-Webster Parents are now realizing how much of a problem hazing really has become Hazing has become a much bigger problem on school campuses across the United States than school officials and parents realize When hazing was first brought to the attention of the nation it was only heard of in fraternities however hazing has become popular in sororities athletics military and high schools Is todays child capable of hurting another child just for the fun of it Over the past decade hazing incidents have become numerous In 2003 headline-grabbing hazing incidents seem to be in the news every day Mepham High School in New York State cancelled its football season this fall after three players were charged with sexually brutalizing their younger teammates with sticks pine cones and golf balls during their summer training camp Sims In May fifteen female seniors from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook Illinois were criminally charged with misdemeanor battery after a powder-puff football game The junior victims were subjected to a beer-fueled assault while seniors dumped paint animal parts vomit and human feces on them also they were kicked punched and choked with pig intestines Beiles 185 In October seven students from Port Washington Wisconsin allegedly bound five freshman cheerleaders and a male student to trees with duck tape dumped syrup and eggs on them and left them tied up as a part of a homecoming hazing Sims These examples are just a few of the many incidents involving hazing over the
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