From KUOW, a story on high school "froshing" which is basically hazing freshman (whether general population or via groups like sports teams) in SPS.
This, of course, is outlawed in SPS and there is a very strongly worded statement in the student handbook about not doing this and the severe outcomes that follow.
"Harassment and hazing constitute exceptional misconduct and are in fact
felony offenses. This includes 'initiation' and 'froshing.' Prohibited
activities include dunking in the lake, face painting, baby powder,
whipped cream, shaving cream, boxing, other forms of initiation,
humiliation, or abuse. Consequences include suspension or expulsion,
and/or possible criminal charges."
Listening to the story was not pleasant:
Anna: "We poured condiments on them, we made them do an Easter egg hunt
and inside the Easter eggs were gross things. We sprayed them with hoses
The freshmen have to dress in costumes and embarrass themselves in
public. Sometimes they're even paddled or thrown into Lake Washington.
What is funny is that this student, Anna, thought it was community-building. But not so much.
Anna: "It wasn't like this happened to me so I have to make it happen to
someone else because it was so horrible. It was more like, someone gave
me this and I'm gonna pass it on as a tradition to continue."
I was hazed in high school and I remember being scared at points and very embarrassed at others. I think there are better ways to build community and I'm glad SPS cracks down on it.
What's on your mind?