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Did Your High School Have Hazings?


I wasn't alive during the 70s so I have no idea what High School was like at the time, but in my experience, starting High School in 2003, I never saw or heard about any Freshman hazings like the ones seen in this film. I also had little to no social life at that time, so I probably wouldn't have heard about hazings anyway. The High School I went to for Freshman year was overcrowded and had fights once in a while, but most people who threatened each other or started fights did it to whomever they felt like, not specifically targeting a grade or age group.

After Freshmen year I went to another High School in a different part of the country, along with another nearby High School for tech classes part of the day, and I never saw or heard about any organized hazings at either of those schools.

Did any of you experience any hazings like the ones in the movie?








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Hazing became pretty much illegal sometime during the late 70s/early 80s, and people stopped doing it (at least stopped the way they did it in this movie). I was born in the 90s, I never experienced it and probably most of us never did (I say we should consider ourselves lucky).

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Class of '77 here (same as Pink, Bennie, Jodie, etc.). Our HS in western PA had hazings (we called it "initiation"), but they were administered by the various clubs. If you weren't in a club or in Band you stayed under the radar. I don't remember any group using paddles, but the FFA (Future Farmers of America) club was especially demented; one classmate got axle grease in his hair (he looked like a '50s greaser the next day, even though he told us he'd used a bottle of shampoo and two bars of soap trying to get the glop out); the following year ('78) a kid got Nair put down his shorts, possibly making him one of the earliest known "metrosexuals".

"Randy lay there like a slug! It was his only defense." - Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story)

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Shaving freshmen's heads...but I only remember one actual case, and he was popular already b/c he was a pop warner football player and his sister was a junior at the high school.

That was in 1983 btw.

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I started High school in the early 90's and will there was some hazing (initiation we called it), it was starting to be phased out

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My HS didn't (80's) and that paddle *beep* would have resulted in the paddlers getting the crap kicked out of them lol

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My understanding is the type of hazing shown in the movie would have been unusual at the time, but potentially accepted in some places like in the movie. I think it was included to demonstrate the difference between the movie and present time, when it would have been considered unacceptable.

I went to high school in the early to mid 90's and some clubs had "hazing" for new members, it was mostly just them getting woken up early one day and having to dress all stupid and have a bunch of makeup applied all day at school. They may have had to recite a canned answer to an upperclassman during school when prompted, but nothing too damaging as far as I was aware of. It was a large enough school with enough clubs that did it that it wasn't too embarrassing because of how often it happened. In other words it was expected, so people didn't think twice about seeing someone dressed up like that. It was more of an initiation than an actual hazing. However, I didn't have to participate in either end of it, so I'm just going by what I observed.

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It was more personal in my school. Some upper classman would become fixated on a freshman and make his life a living hell. We call it bullying now. That is what I heard anyway.

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Graduated from what was known as jr high in 1978, and this movie pretty much sums up what happened on the last day of school in my neck of the woods. We had a strong jr high/high school connection, so that could be part of it. I've always said if you could take this movie & Fast Times at Ridgemont High and mash them together you would have a perfect representation of my high school!

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I started high school in 2001. Fortunately, there were no hazings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utpQeDOIm0Q

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