Recently, I walked into an examination room to find a young man who shouldn't have survived his college fraternity's hazing prank. He was in the ICU on a ventilator when his parents received the dreaded midnight phone call. He was lucky. He was dismissed from his University Hospital, returned to school to finish the semester and escaped without any brain damage.
A month earlier, I heard about another college student who was riding his bicycle home to his apartment when he was kidnapped at gunpoint and thrown into the backseat of a car. He was driven to several ATM machines in an attempt to extract money. He was lucky-- they let him go. But will he or his family ever feel safe again?
When Did It Start?
Hazing, an act against someone in order to initiate the person into an organization, is not new. Schools in ancient Greece and medieval Europe called it pennalism and adopted it as a requirement for graduation. In 1845, Amherst CollegeRead More »from The Dangers of Hazing: How to Protect Your Children