Last Updated on August 20, 2021 by Michelle Ball
By Michelle Ball, Sacramento California Expulsion, Special Education, sports/CIF, College, Education and School Attorney/Lawyer for Students since 1995
Luckily, the rumored “hazing” never happened, but what if it did? Would I have told? Not likely. What if I joined some school team and was put through strange rituals involving eating disgusting items, having clothing items removed, sitting for long periods tied to a chair or locked in a closet? What then? Nothing unless the school found out and then all hell would break loose.
Who hasn’t heard of school hazing going on? Didn’t we all grow up daring students to do things and testing their bravery? Could this be considered to be hazing?
The problem with hazing offenses is their secrecy and the lack of reporting until things get way out of hand. Initiation rituals for a football team or other school group do occur, but who tells? Not many students.
Sometimes hazing makes headlines, when a student kills themselves after humiliation, or are only exposed after a kid is injured and sent to the hospital as a result of hazing.
Hazing conduct may also get recategorized as student harassment, bullying, sexual battery or assault. I have seen inappropriate student locker room activities end in expulsion, not under “hazing,” but rather as sexual offenses.
Parents need to be aware hazing occurs and that not only can students be disciplined, suspended or even expelled for “making another boy eat dirt,” or “insisting that Joey drink 2 cans of beer,” but that hazing could be occurring to a student right under parents’ noses.
It is critical that parents stay alert to potential hazing so their child does not end up in the hospital or expelled, as a result of a hazing prank gone bad, for the student or for someone else.
[Orginally posted on September 8, 2014]
Student expulsion and suspension lawyer Michelle Ball has assisted students since the 1990s. As a Sacramento expulsion lawyer, she can assist in all corners of California, such as Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Auburn, Roseville, San Francisco, and other locations.
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