Nearly half the high school students responding to a national survey said they had been subjected to activities that fit a broad definition of hazing in order to become members of sports teams, cheerleading squads, or other groups. What's more, three-fourths of those who were hazed reported having experienced negative consequences—such as suffering injuries or doing poorly on schoolwork—as a result.

The study, called "Initiation Rites in American High Schools: A National Survey," was conducted by


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