On September 7, 2010 at Dr. Phillips High School in Florida, a 15-year-old student claimed that a group of football players beat him up in a locker room. One of the students, whose name will not be released due to student privacy laws, was suspended for 10 days. The suspension was upheld on appeal. Matthew J. Olszewski, one of the lawyers representing the disciplined student, said his client was being made a scapegoat in the alleged hazing incident. Olszewski said he would take discussions to the next level, which may involve the Orange County School Board. The parents of the alleged victim have threatened to sue the school district. If you would like to read more on this story please see Alleged hazing incident by high school football players at Dr. Phillips High School.
Hazing is a term used to describe various ritual and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation as a means of a way of initiating someone into a group. Hazing, over the years, has been popular in colleges and universities when a pledge was being initiated into his or her fraternity or sorority. Hazing has been declared an illegal activity in many schools, colleges and universities. Teachers and other authoritative figures should make their students aware of the dangers of hazing, focusing on both the mental and physical consequences of the act.