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Editorial: End hazing where it often starts — in high school sports

Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2023

On Monday, thousands of high school football players and student-athletes in other fall sports across Illinois will report for their first practices of the season. It is up to every coach, school administrator and district superintendent to make sure no child becomes a victim of hazing. 

It sounds like a no-brainer. No school official or coach wants a child or teen to be hazed or bullied. Yet, it still goes on. The culture of hazing that plagues sports at all levels often starts in high school or middle school.


In the wake of the Northwestern scandal, “there will be great oversight,” Romanucci said. “Now, would you please do this year after year, decade after decade, so we don’t keep revisiting the same problem over and over again?”

Read more of the Editorial Board's writing on school sports and hazing in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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