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Pricey Annie: Teen sufferer of locker room hazing nonetheless thinks about it every day, even a yr later



Pricey Annie: My grandson was the sufferer of hazing incidents within the locker room at his non-public college. It went on for greater than a month. Somebody made movies of elements of it, and your complete college noticed the movies.

The perpetrator was requested to withdraw from his college (not expelled). The detective who investigated advised my daughter that he had by no means handled a faculty so tight-lipped about such an incident. The athletic director apologized to my grandson, however not the coach or the varsity principal.

The varsity chaplain talked to my grandson in a brief one-on-one session. Nobody talked to the group members who witnessed it or to their mother and father.

I’m questioning what the protocol can be for one thing like this in public colleges. This occurred over a yr in the past, and not too long ago my grandson stated he nonetheless thinks about it day-after-day. Do you assume we must always pursue counseling for him? He’s 15 and a sophomore. He nonetheless wrestles and doesn’t need to stop. — Involved Grandma

Pricey Involved: The general public college protocols fluctuate from state to state, however this non-public college will get an F for dealing with a troublesome state of affairs. It was cowardly for the coach and principal to not discuss to your son about it.

Hazing isn’t one thing to be taken frivolously and has sadly resulted in demise in some instances. It has been confirmed that it doesn’t construct a group up; actually, it does the alternative by creating an environment of concern and disrespectful conduct. A terrific article comes from ncaa.org/sports activities, which addresses extra faculty hazing however has some nice knowledge factors.

So far as nobody talking with the group that witnessed the hazing or the opposite mother and father, that’s stunning. It may very well be an awesome studying lesson for all concerned — to not punish the child who hazed however to make use of a horrible state of affairs as a possibility to teach the youngsters concerning the risks of hazing.

Good in your grandson that he nonetheless needs to wrestle, it reveals resilience.

It’s troubling that he thinks about it day-after-day. He may very well be affected by PTSD after going by means of a traumatic occasion. Looking for the assistance of a skilled counselor may actually profit him to course of what occurred.

I’d additionally say that the boy who did the hazing must see a counselor as nicely. Harm individuals damage individuals, and he clearly has some violent points to work by means of.

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