Letter: Hazing is a huge problem

By on December 3, 2009

Hazing has become a huge problem in general among high school students over the past years. According to insidehazing.com, millions of high school students are partaking in some sort of hazing activity each year. About 48 percent of those teens report being subjected to hazing activities. This is unacceptable.

Is it really too much for students to welcome their peer newcomers with open arms? We need to be supporting each other, and if not that, then at the very least learning to accept them.

I am strongly opposed to hazing. I realize it is often an initiation ritual, but I find it awful and immature. After reading some of the high schools’ hazing activities that have gone on all around the country, I realized that this is a much bigger problem than I had originally thought. The fact that peers are forcing peers to do harmful and sometimes illegal activities is very unfortunate as well.

There is a strict line between harmless initiation and hazing. Although I don’t hear of much hazing at Kaneland, that’s not to say that it doesn’t take place. However, whether hazing is always going on at Kaneland or has never before, I hope students learn ways to prevent it and eventually put a stop to it for good.

Erica Brettman
KHS student