At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, hazing during homecoming week is quite the tradition. Older students pelt freshmen with paint and, sometimes, assault them, the Washington Post reports. In this Post story, my colleague Michael Alison Chandler details how hazing continues to thrive at many schools (including the event informally known as “freshmen beat-down day”) and she quotes school administrators saying how hard it is to stamp out. Hard it might be, but what’s really hard is to believe that some of this can’t be stopped quickly. BCC Principal Karen Lockard explained to Chandler that she has tried banning spray paint at the school, and she gathered students in an assembly to listen to a lecture about the dangers of bullying. She has urged teachers to do the same in classrooms…

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