Hazing in School Activities Could you have a problem?
Lee Lonzo • Background • 1973-1992 High School teacher, coach, club sponsor • 1992-1997 High School Athletic Director • 1997-2007 High School Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction and Student Activities Director • Former Member IHSSA Board of Directors • Graduate IU School of Law, Indianapolis
Lee Lonzo • Audience • School administrators and athletic directors • Coaches • Performing arts directors • Club sponsors • Adults sponsoring youth organizations • Parents and students
Hazing vs. bullying • Bullying involves acts of physical, emotional or social behavior that are intentional, controlling and hurtful based on power imbalance between bully and target. • Hazing is a term used to describe various ritual and other activities involving harassments, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group.
Hazing in high school activities • Negative Consequences of Hazing • Deaths and Serious Injuries • Consequences for victims, perpetrators and their families • School culture and reputation • Professionals responsible for directing and administering high school sports, arts and activities
Indiana Code INDIANA CODE 35-42-2-2 Sec. 2. (a) As used in this section, "hazing" means forcing or requiring another person: (1) with or without the consent of the other person; (2) as a condition of association with a group or organization;to perform an act that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury. B misdemeanor to C felony
Alfred University Study (2000) • 1500+ college students survey • 91% participated in high school activities • 98% of those experienced positive activities • 48% experienced hazing • 29% experienced potentially illegal hazing activities • 22% experienced dangerous hazing • 23% experienced hazing involving substance abuse
Initiations and rites of passage • Why organizations have these: • Fun and exciting • Builds unity, spirit and bonding • Teaches respect for “elders” • Teaches history and culture • Builds character and strength • Follows tradition • Shows dedication to group, “paying dues”