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The survey indicated that 71 percent of students subjected to hazing reported negative consequences -- getting into fights with other students or parents difficulty eating sleeping or concentrating or feeling angry Those findings are cause for concern said Dr Norman Pollard director of Alfred Universitys Counseling and Student Development Center When we look at recent incidents of violence in high schools such as those at Columbine Paducah and Springfield we see the dire consequences of teens feeling excluded rejected and humiliated The problem is also widespread researchers found Male and female students all reported that they were hazed for high school groups Students in urban suburban and rural settings in every region of the United States reported that they have been hazed whether or not there was an anti-hazing law in the state said Hoover the lead researcher Even groups considered safe -- like church organizations and scholastic groups -- were not immune Twenty-four percent of students in church groups said they had been hazed Last year Hoover led another study that looked at the problem of hazing among college students The high school survey was prompted by those findings which indicated hazing began in high school The researchers said they were alarmed by the role of adults hazing Students were more likely to be hazed if they knew an adult who had been hazed the survey found That could indicate that adults condone hazing or that students believe they have no one to turn to when they are hazed The Alfred University officials who presented the survey acknowledged that hazing is a type of initiation rite and that such rites are important to teen and young adult development But limits must be set Individuals need rites of passage Hoover said How you do them is whats at issue You can produce that kind of bonding through hazing rituals but you do it at a great
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