Hazing has been an integral part of student life on college and university campuses for more than 100 years in the United States. Hazing practices are most prevalent in membership rituals for collegiate fraternal organizations and intercollegiate sports. Although, historically, hazing incidents were confined to institutions of higher learning, this phenomenon has also permeated secondary schools. This entry discusses the increase in hazing practices and summarizes related laws and court rulings.

The Growth of the Practice

In recent years, reports of hazing practices in secondary schools have risen to alarming levels. According to experts, 1.5 million high school students are victims of hazing each year in the United States. Not surprisingly, the heightened presence of hazing in secondary schools is of great concern to many parents and ...

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