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2014 Edition, April Issue

Hazing is Also Bullying
by Ed Jones

Hazing has been an age old rite of passage at many collegiate institutions. Hazing is a prevalent type of bullying in college. Hazing is often brushed off as normal and part of the college experience; a way to prove loyalty to an organization such as a fraternity, sorority, or sports team. It often involves illegal actions, excessive alcohol consumption, physical abuse, and more.

According to Hazing Prevention, hazing is any legal action or situation that, is taking out on memebers of a group or team, intentionally causes embarrassment and/or ridicule, does not mather weather or not participants are willing, can cause emotional and/or physical harm. Several tragic incidenets have made national headlines in recent years. These include: The death of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M drum major who died after a hazing incident in whic he was beaten to death, Hazing was involving sexual assault at an Ohio Weselyn University fraternity, Eight sailors who were discharged from the U.S. Navy after chocking one of their comrades in a hazing ritual.

If you or someone you know is being bullied at college seek help immediately. Bullying is not an acceptable behavior. Take advantage of counseling services, the police, student affairs, health services. Any of these services will make sure you get the help you need.   

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