This is something that has bothered me for a long time. When it’s guys on a school bus, it’s “gang activity” or a “Beatdown” or “vicious.”
When it’s girls involved it’s “Hazing,” even when we’re talking about High School:
MILLBURN, N.J. — The principal of Millburn High, New Jersey’s top-ranked high school, says it has gone on for a decade: annual hazing by senior girls who create a “slut list” of incoming freshmen for the first day of school. A dozen or more names are written on a piece of notebook paper, with crass descriptions, and copies are passed around — hundreds this year, some say.
“We’ve had girls — which is one of the bad things — obsessed that their names are on it, and girls who were upset that they didn’t make the list,” said the principal, William Miron. “It’s basically vulgar.”
And that is not the only type of hazing that goes on, some girls say. Seniors blow whistles in some girls’ faces and jostle or push them into lockers, leaving them afraid to come to school the next day.
These tales were out in the open on Friday after half a dozen parents complained to public school officials and a discussion of hazing on a private e-mail group for mothers made its way around this Essex County township.
In past years, students found responsible for hazing have been suspended, and up to six senior girls in one year have been held out of school for three to five days, Dr. Miron said. This year, which parents in the e-mail group considered worse than usual, none have been reprimanded.
“Then you’ll be the loser,” said the girl, 14, who said she had not been hazed and whose father, contacted later, requested that she not be named. “And it gets much worse.”
Across the street, several freshman girls in sports uniforms said that senior girls on the soccer team had blown whistles in their faces, and that some of their teammates had been pushed into lockers.
“I was scared, actually,” one said. “I didn’t want to go to school the next day. It’s done every year, but it’s still pretty mean.”
“Hazing has always been a tradition at Millburn,” she said. “It’s never really a personal attack. As a freshman you get pushed on the first day, and it reinforces the fact that they’re seniors.” She got pushed three years ago. Did she do any pushing this year? “Not more than anyone else,” she said.
Anybody explain to me why these little punks are any better than those gang-bangers who beat the snot out of the poor kid last week in Belleville Illinois?
Can anyone explain to me why the Principal doesn’t just grow a spine and suspend anyone with a copy of the “slut list” who doesn’t turn it in immediately?
Can anyone explain to me when our schools were populated with people more concerned with legal niceties than Principals actually concerned with educating and keeping safe our kids?