Is hazing a crime in Florida? The answer is a resounding YES. See Section 1006.63, Florida Statutes – Hazing Prohibited. Many think that putting a pledge or recruit through humiliating and physically and psychologically demanding tasks is a right of passage. Typical excuses for such illegal conduct include:
“This is what I had to do when I was a pledge.”
“We have a tradition and all pledges must go through this.”
“When you become a member, you will understand what we are putting you there.”
“We are just having fun with you. Just do it.”
The above statements and excuses are weak especially when the health, safety, and welfare of a child or adult at at risk. Beside the moral and health issues associated with hazing, it is felony or misdemeanor crime (depending on the circumstances and intent) to haze or commit hazing type acts in the State of Florida. Florida law will prevail over tradition every time. Just because something has been done for a long time does not make it right, acceptable or legal. If you or your child has been a victim of acts of hazing contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer for advice and consultation as to the rights of the victim. Hazing has been a tradition of the past . . . don’t let it be an ongoing and current tradition.