I'm looking for a few good young men and women
to occupy an anti-hazing zone at every high school, junior high school,
elementary school as well as every team on the planet. Cowards and
bullies are not welcome. This problem is fixable and all it requires is
leadership and the ability to just say "no."
doesn't it? Then why does this problem keep surfacing? What joy is
derived from humiliating a younger, weaker, frightened teammate or
friend? The latest episode comes to us from Andover where seven
upperclassmen forced two younger teammates to perform unspeakable acts.
Couldn't one of those players just stepped in front of the group and
Think about the price paid for a
few minutes of laughter. Two players were expelled from school -
EXPELLED! Five more have been kicked off the team for an entire season.
Was it worth it? Is anyone out there listening or paying attention?
Hazing is against the law. In addition to getting kicked out of school
or off a team, you could go to jail, you could be fined \$3,000. More
importantly you will be labeled a coward and bully for the rest of your
life. Those who have been hazed suffer deep humiliation to their pride
and dignity - some of it lasts a lifetime. Please explain to me how any
form of hazing helps team building? It doesn't. It fosters resentment
while destroying self worth and self confidence.
You may think
you know the toughest kid on your team or your school. You may have a
pretty good idea who is the strongest in your class. Here's a hint - its
not the person who intimidates or who can win every fight. Its not the
person who can bench press the most weight. The strongest and toughest
among you is the person who has the courage, the guts, the moxie to step
in and stop any bullying or hazing without fear of being ridiculed by
your peers. Doing the right thing isn't always the popular thing for the
moment. Doing the right thing never goes out of style, in any
Stand up against hazing. Stand up against bullies. Are you in?