Hazing is idiotic.
It’s one of those things that one would hopefully look at in the modern age and say “wow, it was stupid that we did that” because it really served no point. It was a “rite-of-passage” ritual that didn’t mean you accomplished anything at all except joining the organization that had just insulted you. Brilliant.
Seven New Jersey teenagers from Sayreville High School took hazing to a disgusting level that included holding freshmen against their will and sexual assault.
“….three of the players were charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing for engaging in an act of sexual penetration upon one of the juvenile victims. One of those defendants and four others were charged with various counts including aggravated assault, conspiracy, aggravated criminal sexual contact, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of some of the victims.”
Seems like quite the geniuses.
So the school dumped the football season for the school and part of the community is outraged. Social media is active and lots and lots of players and parents are saying that the season cancellation was an over-reaction by the school. Those people are morons. While everyone is innocent until proven guilty, let’s remember that police don’t simply arrest people without probable cause, and a freshmen simply complaining about hazing is not grounds for probable cause. Something is out there that is strong evidence that a crime has been committed or this thing would not have blown up like it has.
And yes, the coaches should be fired. If they had any inkling at all that this was happening then they are just as guilty as the perpetrators. If they had no knowledge of incident then they are guilty of complete and total mismanagement of an educational situation involving children. Fire them.
If this act actually happened then the death sentence for program is more than appropriate. Is is tragic for the kids involved on the team? Yes but not as tragic as the fact that they didn’t act on what certainly had to have been a rumor about bad things happening to teammates. A man wouldn’t have stood by while assaults were happening, a man would have stepped up.