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No Hazing Zone - by Mike Lynch
MikeLynch2.jpgLet's see if I have this straight. Four new members of the Needham High School girls soccer team are put in a car, blindfolded, taken to a field where they are fitted with dog leashes and paraded around the field where they are eventually hit in the face with pies. One girl has marks on her neck, another had a nose bleed after being hit with the pie. This is a positive team bonding exercise? Parents of the offenders and "offendees" are cool with this? Needham High School suspends the four seniors and parents are so outraged they go to court claiming it was innocent fun?

Wake up Needham parents. Where is the outrage, where is the leadership, where is the lesson learned here?  Since 1985 hazing has been outlawed in Massachusetts. Every high school student athletes signs a consent form acknowledging the consequences for hazing. You do the crime, you do the time - simple as that.  Please don't tell me it is a bonding experience for the team. If I'm the person led around on a dog leash I have nothing but resentment for the violators for a long, long time. Where were the other senior girls when this was happening? Standing around watching, laughing and shouting encouragement? Nice team. Hazing is nothing more than bullying and a bully is gutless creature who revels in tormenting the defenseless. Nobody ever likes a bully, nobody should ever tolerate hazing in any form. When you stand up to a bully and to those who haze, you stand taller than all of your peers. Its time we all take a stand.
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