Is hazing a major problem in school sports?

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August 28, 2013, 7:52 am
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(NECN) - Northbridge, Mass. police are starting the school year with a hazing investigation at the high school.

Police say four juniors on the football team allegedly hazed a freshman at a practice earlier this month.

The boy was allegedly pressured to drink from a jug of water with urine it.

The principal says another student took the container away before it was consumed, but the police report says the student took a sip from the jug, and spit it out.

The student has told police he does not want to press charges.

Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, joined NECN to look at the more widespread issue of hazing.

"You would think that there would be a sense of collective community and sort of a concept of teamwork that works throughout a team," said Lebowitz. "In some ways, it's so awful and egregious, and in other ways, it's sort of a way in which, I think, if you look over the history of time, of bullying of hazing, of all these things, there are these initiation rights of passage that have been somewhat perverse."

How is it allowed to continue?

"The issue here is the leadership culture. What kind of leadership culture are you going to establish for your team, from the AD on down, from coaches on down."

See the attached video for the complete discussion.

Tags: Football, massachusetts, Northbridge, hazing , urine, Dan Lebowitz, northbridge high school
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