The following organizations and studies provide excellent information on hazing:
StopHazing.org and The National Study of Student Hazing.
March 15, 2017 - Napa High School Head Football Coach Quits Amid Hazing Scandal, KGO News Channel 7 (San Francisco). The coach's resignation and possible student expulsions prompted the Napa School District Superintendent to publicly address an ugly hazing incident that took place in November, 2016. See Head of Napa School District Speaks Out About Hazing Scandal, reported by Wayne Freedman, KGO News Channel 7, March 16, 2017.
February 13, 2017 - Midland, TX - Youth coaches arrested for covering up sexual hazing. See Disturbing Details Revealed On Midland I.S.D. Basketball Trip, reported by Ronnie Marley, Newswest Channel 9.
February 1, 2017 - Lake Zurich, IL - Forced Sex Acts, Peeing on Teammates, and designated targets of the week placed on a whiteboard. The Lake Zurich football hazing scandal is now in court, and there will probably be hell to pay. See Parents File Lawsuit In Lake Zurich Hazing Scandal, reported by Rachel Purl and Julian Crews, WGN Radio (Chicago); and Lawsuit: Lake Zurich Hazing Included Forced Sex Acts, reported by John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, February 2, 2017.
October 13, 2016 - Wiggins, MS - Racial hazing or just plain racism? Read about the Mississippi High School Football Noose Case. See Officials Investigate Claim of Noose Around Student's Neck, reported by Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press report on ABC News, October 25, 2016; Black Student In Mississippi Had Noose Put Around His Neck, N.A.A.C.P. Official Says, reported by Christopher Mele, October 26, 2016.
September 28, 2016 - Portage, MI - Portage Schools Settlement With High School Tennis Player: $30,000, reported by Rosemary Parker, Mlive.com. This settlement resolved the player's claims that she was bullied and kicked off the tennis teams after rumors were spread about her that the school knew were false. This case raises the question about the difference between hazing and bullying. Click here to see how hazingprevention.org answers that question.
September 14, 2016 - Dos Palos, CA - Hazing Case Hits Small California Central Valley Town. See Police Investigating Hazing Incident That Led To The Arrest of 3 Students At Dos Palos High, reported by Christina Fan, ABC30 News, Fresno, CA, September 14, 2016; See also Dos Palos Football Players Face Felony Charge in Hazing Case, reported by Rob Parsons, Los Banos Enterprise, September 15, 2016; High School Hazing Arrests Shock and Divide Small Football Community In Rural California, reported by Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2016; and Fourth Dos Palos Football Player Arrested In Hazing Case, reported by Rob Parsons, Los Banos Enterprise, September 16, 2016.
August 30, 2016 - Portland, OR - 11 Freshmen Victims In Alleged Oregon Hazing, Coach Charged, A.P. Wire Service, Fox News Portland, Or. Volunteer Coach Cooper Kikuta is charged after an alleged incident of hazing that involved genital touching of freshman football players.
August 26, 2016 - Mentor, Ohio - Lake Catholic Forfeits First Football Game of Season After Hazing Allegations, reported by Darcie Loreno, Fox News Channel 8, Cleveland, Ohio.
August 23, 2016 - Oakland City, IN - Indiana Football Team Forfeits First Two Games Amid Horrific Hazing Allegations, reported by Ben Rohrbach, USA Today High School Sports.
June 10, 2016 - Blacksburg, VA - Virginia Tech Bans Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity For 10 Years For Hazing by Nick Anderson and Justin William Moyer, Washington Post, June 10, 2016
May 23, 2016 – Dietrich, Idaho - White High School Football Players In Idaho Charged With Raping Black Disabled Teammate With a Coat Hanger by Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, May 25, 2016. These charges involve hazing, sexual assault, blatant racial abuse, and abuse of a student with “mental disorders”. The worst of the alleged abusers has been identified as one John R.K. Howard. Howard allegedly teamed with Tanner Ward and other football players to jam a hanger up the Black student’s rear end, and then kicked the hanger multiple times. Howard also allegedly forced the Black student to sing a racist song called “Notorious KKK.” See also Teen Charged in Dietrich Locker Room Assault Arraigned In District Court, Magic Valley Times-News, May 23, 2016.
May 16, 2016 - El Paso, TX - See Montwood Baseball Players Accused in Whip Hazing, El Paso Times; To see this story in USA Today, see Texas HS Baseball Players Accused of Whipping Underclassmen In Hazing
March 18, 2016 – BAD ACTS/HAZING: Berwyn, PA - ‘No Gay Thursday’ Coach Out! See Conestoga Coach Vogan Resigns Amid Hazing Scandal, Delaware County Times, March 18, 2016. For more on the No Gay Thursday hazing incident, see Bob Cook’s excellent analysis of sexual hazing and how community’s tend to react in the wake of an incident in Berwyn, PA. See ‘No Gay Thursday’ – Another Horrible Chapter of High School Sports Hazing, Forbes.com, March 5, 2016.
February 5, 2016 - BAD ACTS/HAZING: Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe High Fires Basketball Coach After Investigation Into Hazing by James Barron, The Santa Fe New Mexican, April 22, 2016 (breaking the story of a February hazing incident). See the Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial on hazing, written in the aftermath of this incident. Editorial: Adults Behaving Badly In SFA Bad Example For Athletes, Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board, March 5, 2016.
December 21, 2015 – Gatlinburg, TN – Ooltewah High School Basketball Player Undergoes Surgery After Being Allegedly Hazed By Three Teammates In Gatlinburg Cabin by Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free Press, December 24, 2015. This ugly incident involved sexual abuse that was severe enough to require the victim to undergo surgery. The victim was assaulted with a pool cue that broke inside him and ruptured his colon. The AD and Basketball coach faced criminal charges for failing to report child sexual abuse, and the principal was reassigned in the aftermath of this incident. Click here for details. Also, a detective investigating the case was charged with two counts of aggravated perjury in May, 2016. See Detective Charged With Aggravated Perjury Could Face Harshest Penalty In Ooltewah Rape Case by Kendi Anderson, Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 21, 2016.
Sayreville, N.J. – October 7, 2014 - Hazing Scandal Shuts Down Elite New Jersey High School Football Program and Leads To Criminal Charges. See Sayreville H.S. Cancels Football Season Over Allegations of Pervasive Hazing by Danielle Elliot, yahoo sports blog, October 7, 2014; see also Seven Sayreville Football Players Facing Charges In Hazing Scandal, USA Today High School Sports Blog, October 10, 2014; and see Sayreville Students React To Hazing Controversy Following Player Arrests by Vernal Coleman, NewJersey.com, October 14, 2014. Sayreville Probe Widens With Football and Baseball Coaches Suspended. See Sayreville Baseball Coaches Among Those Suspended In District Hazing Probe by Vernal Coleman, NewJersey.com, October 24, 2014. The Sayreville case not only involves hazing; it has a racial component, too. See New Divide Threatens Sayreville As All Seven Students Arrested Are Minorities by Wayne Coffey, New York Daily News, October 21, 2014.
La Puente, CA - September 24, 2012 - Allegations of Hazing, Sexual Assault in the La Puente High School Soccer Program: One Victim Say Coach Knew. This hazing incident involves a pattern of sexual hazing that goes back at least two years according to one of the victim's attorney. The attorney claims that La Puente soccer players were taken into a back room where they were physically and sexually assaulted. The La Puente parents are up in arms over the alleged hazing, and have been picketing the school. See High School Soccer Players Accused of Hazing, Sexual Assault reported by Stan Wilson, CNN, September 26, 2012; La Puente Soccer Hazing Allegations 'Deeply Disturbing', Sup't Says, L.A. Now blog in Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2012.
Andover, MA - November 24, 2011 - Ugly "Sex Game" Hazing Incident Hits Andover. See Alleged Andover Hazing Gets Camp Kicked Off Campus by Jill Harmacinski, North Andover Eagle-Tribune, November 29, 2011; News of Hazing "Sex Game" Surfaces In Massachusetts Town by Steve Coogan, USA Today, November 30, 2011; and Andover Students In Hazing Face Discipline by Peter Schworm, Boston Globe, December 2, 2011. This rather unsavory basketball hazing incident allegedly involved younger players having to eat an Oreo cookie covered in a bodily fluid, a practice dubbed the "wet biscuit" or the "ookie cookie."
Monroe, MI - January 10, 2011 - Wrestling Hazing Scandal Hits Monroe County, Michigan High School: Upperclassmen urinate on, sexually assault underclassmen. See Allegations of Hazing At A Monroe County High School Have Parents Upset and School Officials Investigating, WXYZ, Monroe, MI, January 10, 2011; Jefferson Wrestlers Under Scrutiny For Alleged Hazing, Monroe County News, January 10, 2011. The negative side of the wrestling culture has been exposed this year. It has not been pretty. We've seen the Fresno "butt-drag" case where a wrestler jammed his finger up an underclassman's anus during a practice match. We've seen this act, involving urination. I hate to play armchair psychologist, but it is very possible that a violent sport that has people crossing the normal physical boundaries of contact may lead to forms of hazing that do the same. It is fashionable for us to say that we abhor hazing. However, we don't hear people complaining about initiation rituals such as having the freshman carry the ball bag. We all laugh at the "thank you sir, may I have another" line in Animal House. We tend to view some hazing as good clean fun, and even a needed dose of humility. We only read negative news articles about hazing when the hazer crosses some line and either enters the realm of sexual abuse or puts someone at danger. In short, the message that we send is not that hazing is bad, but that some hazers go too far. This leads the hazer to confront the dilemma of having to find hazing techniques that are creative enough to force the hazee to feel the full brunt of being initiated while not crossing a line. It is inevitable that the line will be crossed. The problem for anti-hazing people is the difficulty in quantifying how much hazing occurs and how often that hazing crosses a line. It's the same problem that I have on the bad-acts listings on this site. I can't quantify the bad acts, but I can say that if I wanted to, I could find a bad sports act every day. Hazing's no different. Insidehazing.com can find a hazing act every day. You can visit their site to see an almost daily listing of a hazing act. Just click right here, and get ready to be overwhelmed with hazing gone astray.
Fresno, CA - December 7, 2010 - Sexual Harassment, Hazing, or Just Poor Technique? Wrestling "Butt Drag" Case Is A Controversial New Low. Preston Hill, a California wrestler who was entering his senior year, jammed his finger up a freshman wrestler's anus during a practice. Hill claims he was doing the "butt drag", a technique of grabbing an opponent's butt cheeks for leverage during a match, and simply slipped. His opponent disagrees - basically arguing that the odds are against a butt drag technique slipping into anal penetration; in effect, the opponent claims that this is hazing. The law claims its sexual battery. See Fresno Court Case Alarms Wrestling Community by Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee, December 7, 2010. Hill's court case begins in January, 2011. His school didn't wait for the courts; they expelled him. See Expulsion Recommended For Clovis Wrestler In "Butt Drag" Case, , reported by Tommy Tran, ABC Channel 30, Fresno, CA. and Clovis Unified Expels Wrestler in "Butt Drag" Case by Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee, January 19, 2011, and Clovis Unified Expels Wrestler in "Butt Drag" Case by Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee, January 19, 2011.
Wrestling "Butt Drag" Charges Dismissed! After A Number of Low Moments, Hill Goes From The Bottom to The Top. Preston Hill, the infamous wrestling "butt drag" boy, no longer faces criminal charges. Hill had been accused of ramming his fingers up his opponent's anus in an attempt to bully him. Hill claimed that he simply misapplied a wrestling move called the "butt drag" in which one grabs one's opponent's butt cheeks for leverage. Hill has been expelled from school, and was facing charges. His alleged victim agreed not to pursue charges after Hill took a LA Sheriff's Department called "Stop Hate and Respect Everyone" (SHARE). The Share course is an anti-hatred and intolerance course. For details, see Apology Not Required As "Butt-Drag Charge Dropped by Pablo Lopez, Fresno Bee, January 27, 2011. For more on the SHARE program, click here.
Needham, MA - October 29, 2010 - Massachusetts High School Soccer Hazing Suspensions Makes Town Question Whether Zero Tolerance Is Too Harsh: Zero tolerance for hazing sounds good until someone gets penalized. A group of Needham High School varsity soccer players blindfolded some JV players, led them around on a leash, and hit them in the face with whipped cream pies. Another group of JV players were forced to sing songs. Needham High suspended more than 10 varsity soccer players, and lost a playoff game.
Let's be honest, despite all the talk about zero tolerance for hazing there probably aren't too many people who would get worked up about forcing the JV players to sing a song. Singing a song doesn't put anybody in a position for a greater harm to occur. However, the blindfolding and leading people around on a leash is probably just the sort of thing that anti-hazing rules are supposed to stop. Granted, the culmination of a whipped cream pie in the face falls at the benign end of hazing, but the blindfolding and use of a leash does put somebody in a position for a greater harm to occur. It would be hard to defend that if a parent complained - even though the outcome of a whipped cream pie wasn't a severe harm.
Of course, the reason for debate is that the Needham soccer team lost a big playoff game after their players were suspended for hazing. Zero tolerance is one thing to the fans of mighty Needham. Losing a game is quite a different thing. Indeed, the Needham parents wouldn't tolerate a disciplinary message directed at their own kids. So, in the time-honored tradition of American parents who can't brook discipline directed at their kids, the Needham parents ran to court for an injunction. They did not get what they sought, but they got what they deserved. They lost: both in court and on the soccer field. Whatever one thinks of the school's discipline, it was certainly legally justified. In a previous generation, it would have been a valuable life lesson, and the parent's would have taught their kids that there are rules and standards that trump a mere soccer game. But, this is 2010 and the parents aren't interested in reinforcing life lessons so they taught their kids a modern day lesson: if you don't like it, run to court. This time the courts got it right and sent the good parents of Needham packing. The courts got it right.
See Ten Girls Suspended In Needham Hazing Incident by David Abel, Boston Globe, November 11, 2010; Needham High Suspends Girls Accused of Hazing: Judge Rejects Plea To Play In Big Game by Kathleen Burge and Sarah Thomas, Boston Globe, November 10, 2010
Indianapolis, IN - October 9, 2010 - Hazing leads Indianapolis School for The Deaf to cancel football game, and fire coaches. See "Roughhousing" Is At Heart Of Indiana Deaf Incident by Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, October 16, 2010.
Tulsa, OK - September 22, 2010 - Football Players Suspended for Hazing: Players Paddled Underclassmen As Part of Initiation. See E-mails Confirm Owasso Football Hazing Involved Paddling by Matt Baker, Tulsa World, September 22, 2010.
Carmel, Indiana – February 2010 – Hazing or Sex Crime? Carmel, Indiana Basketball Case Treads The Thin Line. See Carmel Basketball Players Disciplined For Hazing, IndyChannel.com, February 18, 2010; Carmel Police: Sexual Assault Took Place In Locker Room, Indy Channel.com, February 26, 2010; and It Was A Sexual Assault, Parents Claim,Advanceindiana.com, May 19, 2010.
Buses Are A Frequent Hazing Site. See Coaches Could be Fired For Allowing Inappropriate Behavior by Nelson Garcia and Kevin Torres, Aurora, Co. Channel 9 News, October 14, 2009.
For a rather detailed report on hazing, see the Palo Alto Viking report from December 2007: See Hazing: A Look Inside The Dark Side of Paly Sports, by Peter Johnson, The Viking (a Palo Alto High School Student Publication) page 16 (also published in the Paly Voice) . This article garnered national attention and generated these Palo Alto High School follow ups: Drawing The Line: When Fun Stops and Hazing Begins by Viking Staff in the Paly Voice, December 3, 2007; Principal McEvoy Releases Administration Response To Hazing by Paly Voice Web Staff and Connie Yang, December 10, 2007; Campus Reacts To Hazing Story by Courtney Hancock, Paly Voice, December 10, 2007; and Hazing Special (podcast) by Emily Merrit and Courtney Hancock, Paly Voice, December 20, 2007. Click here for podcast only.