Chicago Hazing Incident Sparks Local Attention

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

As a result of the hazing incident that occurred at a suburban Chicago high school, local schools are reviewing their hazing policies.

Principal Tom Johansen of D.C. Everest High School says hazing will not be tolerated.

He says hazing hasn't happened in recent years, but the school makes a point annually to talk with students about hazing.

Wisconsin has a state law that prohibits hazing. If people are in violation, they could receive misdemeanor or felony charges. Extended Web Coverage


  • Hazing is defined as "Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.” - - Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group

    Types of Hazing

    • Subtle Hazing - Actions that are against accepted sorority or fraternity standards of conduct, behavior and good tastes. An activity or attitude directed toward a pledge or an act which ridicules, humiliates or embarrasses.

    • - Harassment Hazing - Anything that causes mental anguish or physical discomfort to the pledge. Any activity or activity directed toward a pledge or activity which confuses, frustrates or causes undue stress.

      Myths & Facts

    • Myth: Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily.
      Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.

    • Myth: Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry.
      Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others --- it is victimization. Hazing is pre-meditated and not accidental. Hazing is abusive, degrading and can be life-threatening.

    • Myth: If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing.
      Fact: In states that have laws against hazing consent of the victim can't be used as a defense in a civil suit.

      Source: contributed to this report.

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