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Hazing at Summit High School

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The Junior Class at the Homecoming Pep Rally.

The Junior Class at the Homecoming Pep Rally.

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Aldyn Hart

The Junior Class at the Homecoming Pep Rally.

Katy Fischer, Staff Reporter

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Following Homecoming week, students and teachers at Summit High School are commenting on the local hazing issue going on within the school. Not only does this occur at the high school, but it is an ongoing problem all around the country, especially at colleges.

Taking a look back at the homecoming festivities, the competitiveness between the different grades raises some serious question. Is the tension all in good fun? Or are the upperclassmen truly hostile towards the underclassmen, and especially the freshmen? A series of traditions between all the classes at Summit High School have been toned down over the years. This includes games at Airband, the Homecoming Pep Rally, and sports teams initiations. Initiation is now banned from all SHS CHSAA sports, and fun social event games have now been made so the underclassmen and specifically the freshmen, do not have an unfair advantage against the other classes.

However, from a poll taken from 31 underclassmen, 68% of them agree that there is a negative connotation towards underclassmen here at Summit High School. And out of that same poll, 39% of these students have experienced an upperclassman giving them a hard time because they are a freshman or sophomore. Not to mention, 36% of these same students have had a teacher give them a hard time for this same reason.

Most students would agree with the fact that it is just the cycle of high school. Upperclassmen mess with the underclassmen, and that is just the way it goes. From a poll taken of 31 students, a mix of juniors and seniors, 58% of them dealt with the upperclassmen badgering them when they were underclassmen. And this must be the way high school works, because 90% of these students have repeated these actions, and would agree that they now mess with the underclassmen.

Hazing is not only a problem here at SHS, but it carries on to colleges, all around the country. Initiation is a popular event that can not only be wildly inappropriate, but very dangerous. This is not a new trend, as deaths because of hazing date back to at least 1838. And since then, at least one death because of hazing in a United States college has been reported since 1961.

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