The foundation in this article was started after someone I went to school with was hazed to death at WIU - not by a frat, but by a sports team. We hadn't even been out of high school a year, and our first alumni death was force fed alcohol to be "one of the team". Several years later, I worked with someone who was at WIU at the time, had roomed with some of the lacrosse players charged after the incident, and he thought it was a crime that they were charged with his death.
I find it sad that 20 year later, even kids at the school we went to don't get why it's wrong, or that the school doesn't have a set in stone program to address it beyond coaches mentioning it at parent night. Then last year a local high school where I live now was hit with multiple sexual assault charges for one of its varsity teams..."tradition" and "ritual" and "everyone knew about it" were the only defenses.
Do your schools adress it? Do the kids in your area even understand why it's wrong?Answer Question
OMG do we address it here... especially with the athletes. We have team meetings, kids sign a "contract", etc., it's literally beat into them how wrong and illegal it is. I think they get it - in the 15 years I've been working in HS & college athletics I've only seen it once and punishment was swift and harsh!!
Answer by Crafty26 at 3:59 PM on Mar. 3, 2013
Answer by emptynstr at 4:02 PM on Mar. 3, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 11:51 PM on Mar. 3, 2013