Hazing: Is it really necessary?

Having never been or wanting to be in a fraternity. I haven’t figured out
why they choose such ridiculous hazing rituals who would want to be ridiculed,
humiliated, and/or physically abused by someone who will later be your “brother”.
Lives have been taken many times by these hazing rituals and fraternities still
continue to hurt people. If these people are supposed to be your friends, who
needs enemies?

Hazing has been around for many years and without knowing it, a lot more
people than one would think have died from hazing and initiations. The first
reported was in “1905” in Lima, Ohio school” It was found that William
Taylor a 13 year old boy died of pneumonia caused by “when classmates put snow
down his back”. (Watts/Grolier) As the years have gone by the hazing still
continue and were on a rise but slowly becoming useless because so many are
putting it down.

Hazing is one of the main issues that surround fraternities. Hazing is the
initiating of pledges to drink excessive quantities of alcohol, consume large
quantities of food, or submit to beatings with a paddle. Since deaths and
serious injuries have come about from hazing most states enact laws prohibiting

“The acts of hazing in all its manifestations are unnecessary and have
proved to cause harm to individuals, families and the careers of promising men
and women” (Butler, 88)

Hazing is not just known in fraternities and sororities. Hazing has been
found in the military, sports, gangs and now in high schools. “Almost half the
high school students who answered a nationwide survey said they were made to eat
disgusting things, abuse alcohol or drugs or perform humiliating or illegal acts
to join athletic teams, the band, even church groups.” (Hazing’s not A3)
Younger people have always been taught to look up to their peers. What college
students do high school and even middle school students are going to want to
imitate what the older students do. They feel that some young teens participate
in these hazing rituals to have a since of belonging, it is to bad that young
children need to participate in these types of activities just to make them feel
like they fit in.

The military has the most unheard of hazing rituals. The Marines are given
basic training week and if you complete the paratroopers training they are given
their golden wings. “The wings are a pin with two half-inch protruding points
on the back. Sometimes, with that military love of macho ritual, the pin is even
proudly thumped into a marines chest to draw a little celebratory blood.” (Gleick
30) Some marines feel that since pinning has a long history in the corps, and a
few young jarheads jokingly call is a “Marine sewing circle,” insisting that
the ritual is an integral part of Marine bonding. Someone with something wrong
with them would do such a thing to themselves. Military authorities insist that
they will do all they can to prevent such hazing in the future. “If they think
that the leadership of the Marine Corps believes that bating on their fellow
Marine makes for a better warrior, they’d better find themselves a new
occupation.” Stated an angry general.

Another group that has hard to believe hazing are gangs, for girl gangs “They
have to subject themselves to being \'jumped in’ or beaten up by all the girls
in the gang” (Vida 80) After the girls are “jumped in” they are not done
with what they have to do to stay in the gang. “Gang girls may be asked to do
an armed robbery or kill enemy gang members.” (80)

Fraternities feel that there is nothing wrong with the hazings or should I
say, “initiation traditions are fund and bring a team together.” (Should
sports, 26) The bonding of the brothers is not something that should hurt
anyone, and should in the end bring them closer tighter so that they will have a
friend for life.

Not knowing that your friend is actually you enemy and that so many have been
injured or have died in the imitation. I would think when the first person that
died from hazing it would make the fraternities think about lessening the
rituals so that no one would die anymore. Hasn’t anyone heard of the saying
learn from your mistakes. One example of hazing turning into death is the
killing of Benjamin Folsom Grantham III “he was killed in an automobile
accident while on a fraternity “road trip” which involves dropping a
blindfolded member at an off-campus site” (Fraternity system A 14)