When rites become wrongs

OK. So it happens everywhere. Hazing has long been considered a rite of passage, part of tradition, harmless horseplay, or simply a means of bonding in the military, in college fraternities and sororities, and in sports teams.

Several recent incidents — one, for example, in Glenview, Illinois, and one at a football camp in Pennsylvania — show that hazing rituals have not only become more prevalent among high-school students (both boys and girls), but the acts themselves have grown more malicious, sadistic, and sexually oriented. And when some witness or victim has the courage to speak out, investigators find it increasingly difficult to crack the secret society of the locker room.

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