High school hazing remains common, concludes a University of Maine study.
Nearly half of university students surveyed said they’d been hazed as high school students. Students who belonged to sports teams, ROTC, bands and performing arts groups were more likely to report hazing.
Much of the hazing was minor:
Hazing-related activities included being required to associate only with the peer group (28 percent), singing or chanting in public (21 percent), verbal abuse (19 percent), sleep deprivation (12 percent), and getting a tattoo or piercing (12 percent), they said.
However, “12 percent of the survey’s respondents participated in a drinking game, and 8 percent drank until getting sick or losing consciousness, they said.”
Hazing is “getting more brutal,” said Elliot Hopkins of the National Federation of State High School Associations. “They’re getting more sexual. And they’re being pushed down into middle schools.”