How to handle hazing

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How to handle hazing

What do I do if I find out or I think that my son or daughter is involved in hazing activities? Well, one thing you can't do is just take your son or daughter out of the organization because what really is happening is they're in the sort of luminal space where they're leaving you and going toward adulthood. If you take them out in the middle, they know here nor there and that can be very traumatic. So, what would I do with non-criminal hazing, maybe making people dress up or scavenger hunts. I go work with the school. I try to get the behavior changed. I try to get the school to bring in people who know what they're doing to talk about why hazing is wrong and what the consequences could potentially be. On the other hand, if you find out there's been sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, paddling, you've gone into the area of criminal hazing and you have no choice. You have to work with authorities because it is a crime and while you will want to enact reforms, the behaviors already occurred and it has to be punished.
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Hank Nuwer

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Hank Nuwer is a writer and social critic who writes on the topic of hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and USA high school and campus safety issue. The State University of New York's Buffalo State College awarded him a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999 and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2006 for his long career as a hazing historian and researcher. His first investigative story on hazing appeared in 1978 for Human Behavior Magazine, including his groundbreaking interview on hazing as a form of Groupthink conducted with Groupthink theorist Irving Janis.  

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