Implications of Hazing for Coaches<br /> Tim Comte<br />
Definition of Hazing <br />Hazing is commonly defined as:<br />Various rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse, violence, or humiliation used as a way of initiating (or isolating) a person into a group (or out of a group).<br />
Reasons Students Haze Other Students<br />Students typically haze other students in<br />order to: <br /><ul><li>initiate a member into a group
social jealousy</li></li></ul><li>Parental Impacts That Might Influence Students to Haze Other Students<br />The underlining issue when it comes to parental impacts that influence student hazing others is that, a student has experienced child abuse or hazing by a parent, friend or relative.<br />Another reason that might influence a student to haze another student is by some kind of observation (T.V., Movies, Games) in which a student mimic what has been observed.<br />
Warning Signs To Look For When Hazing May Have Occurred<br />Some warning signs to look for may include:<br /><ul><li>Leaders of a group may be very aggressive towards other members
Student suddenly change their attitudes towards the group
Sudden student depression is witnessed</li></li></ul><li>How To Help Prevent Hazing<br /><ul><li>The single most important thing that can be done to prevent hazing is to educate students regarding hazing.
Make sure students understand that it is not acceptable, not going to be tolerated, and that it is very punishable within the school and also by law.
Other preventative measures are to know and understand the warning signs of hazing.</li></li></ul><li>What To Do When Discovering Hazing Has Occurred<br />When first discovering hazing has occurred, ask the student who was hazed what happened, who was involved, did he provoke it, where it took place, and about what time it occurred. Ensure the student that things are going to be okay and that everything said is in complete confidentiality.<br />The second step is too take the information gathered and take it to the principle and/or school board for the next measures in the process.<br />Remember that coaches can not 100% of the time prevent hazing, it is not the coaches fault if he educated student previously regarding hazing and hazing has occured.<br />
What Not To Do When Discovering Hazing Has Occurred<br />If hazing has occurred, do not pretend you can fix it right their on the spot. If walking in on a hazing incident, than you can to a degree but in most cases, you as the coach will not be their. <br />If catching hazing with your own eyes, take the students who where hazing directly to the principles office and notify him what you witnessed.<br />Do not punish students if you have been notified hazing has occurred with out seeing it with your own eyes. Simply recollect the account from a student and notify the School Board.<br />
Proper Method Of Notifying Parents and The School Board That Hazing Has Occurred<br />Every school is slightly different so when hazing has occurred, look for advice from the School Board and Principle. Let them instruct you on what they want done when it comes to notifying parents.<br />If it was a violent and serious incident, let the principle notify the parents with you being present as a witness.<br />
Hypothetical Questions To Ask Yourself<br />What can I do to help prevent hazing at my own school?<br />What impacts can hazing have on me, as a coach?<br />What impacts can hazing have on students?<br />What should I do when hazing has occurred with my team or student?<br />Who is the first person/s I should notify if hazing occurred?<br />
Evaluation Questions<br />What have you learned from this seminar?<br />What do you intend to do after returning to their classrooms to help prevent hazing?<br />