Why is hazing still going on in 2014? It is clearly just an excuse to abuse others. Let’s take a look at some of the most heinous acts perpetrated in the name of hazing in recent years.
The Sayreville War Memorial High School football team was shut down for the 2014 season due to a hazing incident which involved teammates holding down freshmen, groping their buttocks and even digitally penetrating them. It quickly leaked on FreedomPop’s LTE service and the team took to twitter and warned that all freshmen would pay for “snitching”. Is this high school or prison?
Florida marching band leader Dante Martin is on trial for his role in the 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion’s death is allegedly due to a hazing ritual known as “Crossing Bus C”. This clever hazing ritual involves being punched and kicked to death on a dark bus. It really builds character!
In October of 2014, two students at Highlands High School in New Jersey duct-taped an autistic student to a goal post and left him there. The boy screamed for 20 minutes before a woman walking her dog found him. We can assume that the autistic student is now considered an accepted member of the soccer team.
In March of 2014 the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity shut down the “pledging” process after it was revealed that nine people had died while being hazed under their banner since 2006. The deaths involved binge drinking and even sexual violence. One sophomore was tied up, blindfolded and forced to drink until he died.
Yes, let us not reduce a college fraternity to a mere drinking club. Maybe we should leave hazing in the ’50’s where it belongs.
A gruesome video appeared on Youtube recently depicting an older man from Syria contributing to the execution of his own daughter via stoning.
I heard from social media analyst Jared Haftel that it seems to have become the preferred bragging grounds for terrorists posting videos of brutal executions for the pleasure of a viewing audience.
This video showed a man garbed in military clothing, who stands behind the victim’s father who was garbed in a white robe and the traditional headdress of Northern Syria. The men are shown facing the girl and speaking to her in the traditional Arabic tongue.
He said, “The punishment is the result of crimes which you committed under no duress. You must accept the punishment of God. Do you accept the punishment of God?”
This is then followed by the victim nodding to show her agreement and then she swiftly begged her father to forgive her. He responded by saying that it didn’t matter if God forgave her; either way, he would not. Some around him try and persuade him to forgive her, but he didn’t.
They allowed her a few last words. She said “I say to every woman: preserve your honour…and I appeal to every father to pay attention to the surroundings your daughter lives in.”
He then ties her up, forces her to lie down and the execution commences., members of the Syrian opposition have condemned the act, and said that it has nothing to do with them.
For more than 70 days, protesters have converged upon Ferguson, Missouri to seek justice for the police-shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
Most of the ongoing unrest happens during the night time hours, although the protesters do hold a number of events during the day as well. In fact, Missouri State Senator, Jamilah Nasheed, was detained on Monday for allegedly standing in the middle of the street and blocking traffic near the Ferguson Police Department.
The continued unrest is mainly due to an indictment that has yet to be handed down to Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer accused of shooting Michael Brown.
As the investigation continues without a clear end in sight, new details were given to the The New York Times that show Michael Brown’s blood stains were on Officer Wilson’s uniform and his squad car. CNN collaborated these details with undisclosed law enforcement sources close to the case.
The magnitude of these new details depict how they could support Officer Wilson’s testimony that there was a struggle with Mr. Brown before he resorted to using deadly force.
Susan McGalla told CNN that the new revelations were possibly leaked at this point in order to create a broader strategy. “It could be really for, in part, a beneficial purpose, to start leading those community leaders and those leading the protests to believe that there won’t be an indictment,” said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI Criminal Division.
You may have seen Rene Zellweger getting hammered lately on social media, and in the celebrity rags, because of her very obvious plastic surgery. In a way I don’t blame them, because she’s done a full Kenny Rogers, and her face is barely recognizable at this point.
However, we have to look at the root cause, and the people that we should be blaming, is ourselves. Women are so pressured in Hollywood to look a certain way, that she was criticized when she first came on the scene. Then she was criticized for aging, and now finally she’s being criticized for trying to not look her age.
It’s getting ridiculous at this point. Like we don’t think celebrities have a right to age, or be normal people.
I swear if I have to read one more Google alert on my FreedomPop phone, criticizing her for succumbing to the amazing pressure that an A list actress is put under, I’m going to freak right out.
We’ve all had that moment when reading, when you encounter a word or a phrase that you’ve never heard before.
But my buddy Christian Broda found a great list online of some of the biggest words to be used in American literature.
The largest of which a true head scratcher:
You can find the rest of the hilarious words here. Glad I haven’t run into any of these as of yet.