Hazing: Child Play or Violent Crime?

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

On a startling Court TV program, Al Roker investigatedrepparttar horrors of 'hazing' reportedly not only in College sororities and fraternities, but even in high schools acrossrepparttar 132198 country. The program was extremely revealing and shocking as it provided a weatlh of information regarding so-called Greek 'hazing' rituals carried out across this Nation. Unfortunately, hazing is a predominant force among colleges, schools, military and even church groups, that it is blatantly out of control. Often, supposed 'leaders' or participants of hazing are sadly protected by 'frat brothers & sisters,' school coaches, and are rarely prosecuted for hazing incidents - even those involving death. The horrors of hazing are so unbelievable that most parents would shiver to think that their child could ultimately be faced with such vile cruelty.

What exactly is 'hazing?' According torepparttar 132199 NFHS' Interscholastic Athletic Administration magazine, 'Hazing is defined as: any act or ceremony which createsrepparttar 132200 risk of harm torepparttar 132201 student or to any other party and that is committed as a form of initiation into a particular club or activity. Hazing includes, but is not limited to, activities that involverepparttar 132202 risk of physical harm, whipping, branding, ingesting vile substances, sleep deprivation, over-exposure to heat or cold, restraint, nudity, or kidnapping. Hazing could also include include actions or simulations of a sexual nature, activities that create a hostile, abusive, or intimidating environment forrepparttar 132203 student.'

As a random example,repparttar 132204 state of South Carolina listsrepparttar 132205 S.C. Code of Laws for hazing as:



Hazing unlawful; definitions.

It is unlawful for a person to intentionally or recklessly engage in acts which have a foreseeable potential for causing physical harm to a person forrepparttar 132206 purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with a chartered or nonchartered student, fraternal, or sororal organization. Fraternity, sorority, or other organization for purposes of this section means those chartered and nonchartered fraternities, sororities, or other organizations operating in connection with a school, college, or university. This section does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, or military training whether state, federal, or educational.

SECTION 16-3-520.

Unlawful to assist in or fail to report hazing.

It is unlawful for any person to knowingly permit or assist any person in committing acts made unlawful by Section 16-3-510 or to fail to report promptly any information within his knowledge of acts made unlawful by Section 16-3-510 torepparttar 132207 chief executive officer ofrepparttar 132208 appropriate school, college, or university.

SECTION 16-3-530.


Any person who violatesrepparttar 132209 provisions of Sections 16-3-510 or 16-3-520 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed twelve months, or both.

SECTION 16-3-540.

Consent not a defense.

The implied or express consent of a person to acts which violate Section 16-3-510 does not constitute a defense to violations of Sections 16-3-510 or 16-3-520."

If we look at this law, we can clearly see how vaguely definedrepparttar 132210 hazing law is. In fact,repparttar 132211 penalties are a gross insult to student or other individual victims of 'hazing incidents.' In one breath, it states that '...it is unlawful for a person to intentionally or recklessly engage in acts which have a forseeable potential for causing physical harm to a person...' Then if we scroll down onrepparttar 132212 same code of laws' page, we findrepparttar 132213 following set of similar laws, exluding hazing by definition:


Article 7


SECTION 16-3-620.

Assault and battery with intent to kill.

The crime of assault and battery with intent to kill shall be a felony in this State and any person convicted of such crime shall be punished by imprisonment not to exceed twenty years.

SECTION 16-3-654.

Criminal sexual conduct inrepparttar 132214 third degree.

(1) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct inrepparttar 132215 third degree ifrepparttar 132216 actor engages in sexual battery withrepparttar 132217 victim and if any one or more ofrepparttar 132218 following circumstances are proven:

(a) The actor uses force or coercion to accomplishrepparttar 132219 sexual battery inrepparttar 132220 absence of aggravating circumstances.

(b) The actor knows or has reason to know thatrepparttar 132221 victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless and aggravated force or aggravated coercion was not used to accomplish sexual battery.

(2) Criminal sexual conduct inrepparttar 132222 third degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten years, according torepparttar 132223 discretion ofrepparttar 132224 court.



SECTION 16-3-910.


Whoever shall unlawfully seize, confine, inveigle, decoy, kidnap, abduct or carry away any other person by any means whatsoever without authority of law, except when a minor is seized or taken by his parent, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for a period not to exceed thirty years unless sentenced for murder as provided in Section 16-3-20.

SECTION 16-3-920.

Conspiracy to kidnap.

If two or more persons enter into an agreement, confederation, or conspiracy to violaterepparttar 132225 provisions of Section 16-3-910 and any of such persons do any overt act towards carrying out such unlawful agreement, confederation, or conspiracy, each such person shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished in like manner as provided forrepparttar 132226 violation of Section 16-3-910.



SECTION 16-3-1700.


As used in this article:

(A) "Harassment" means a pattern of intentional, substantial, and unreasonable intrusion intorepparttar 132227 private life of a targeted person that causesrepparttar 132228 person and would cause a reasonable person in his position to suffer mental distress. Harassment may include, but is not limited to:

(1) followingrepparttar 132229 targeted person as he moves from location to location;

Why some hate more than others (A)

Written by Terry Dashner

Why do some hate more than others?

Terry Dashner FFC-PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

In my youth I watched Star Trek on black and white TV when I could watch nothing else. I remember very few episodes from those days except one. I don’t rememberrepparttar episode title, but I do remember its content andrepparttar 132195 significance of its two hues—black and white.

Bottom line—the episode content highlightedrepparttar 132196 stupidity of prejudice. Throughoutrepparttar 132197 show two life forms appearing to be human, fought desperately to destroy each other although they looked just alike. Both life forms had faces colored one half white andrepparttar 132198 other black. The episode’s crescendo built throughout, untilrepparttar 132199 concluding scene. Inrepparttar 132200 end whenrepparttar 132201 human-life forms were confronted about their hate for each other, they were aghast that no one could see their differences—one hadrepparttar 132202 right side of his face black whilerepparttar 132203 left side was white. The other--you guessed it--his was justrepparttar 132204 opposite—left side black andrepparttar 132205 right white. (Duh!)

While thinking about this episoderepparttar 132206 other day, it brought a question to my mind, a question I wish to address in this paper. Why do some people, kindred, tribes, cultures, ethnic groups, or even religions hate more than others do? Why do Arabs and Jews hate each other badly enough to kill and continue killing predictably? Why do Sunnis haterepparttar 132207 Shia although both groups are Muslim? Why doesrepparttar 132208 Pakistani haterepparttar 132209 Kurd? Why do some Christians refuse open Communion services with others? Why do…Why do…we hate one another?

Can you answer this question for me? Is it because humanity is sinful? Yes and no. Not simply because humanity is a fallen race does it hate less or more, nor tolerate more or less. The Bible says that "all have sinned…" but still my experience teaches me that some sinners hate other sinners more than others. Why is this anomaly connected to this particular paradox?

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