What is hazing? According to
hazingprevention.org, it’s “any action taken or any situation created intentionally
that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional
and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not,
regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”
While hazing frequently happens at college campuses and fraternities, it
also occurs in cheerleading, sports teams like football and wrestling,
clubs, honor societies, and more. And like other states, New Jersey has
enacted an anti-hazing statutes under § 2C:40-3.
A person commits aggravated hazing under
Sec. 2C:40-3 if he or she knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, or engages in
conduct that endangers another’s safety and places them at risk
of bodily harm. In other words, hazing is a crime.
Tougher Penalties for Hazing
nj.com reported on a New Jersey law maker who wants to enhance the penalties
for hazing after Penn State student, Timothy Piazza, 19, died after drinking
way too much and being hazed at a Penn State University fraternity.
“Piazza was injured by falling down a set of basement steps, after
which fraternity members made inept and even counterproductive efforts
to help him. The house's security video captured his excruciating
night on a first-floor couch, including him stumbling in the darkness
and falling,” reported nj.com.
Was your son or daughter hazed? If you’re not sure, ask him or her
- Would you be comfortable participating in the activity if we (your parents)
- Would the school’s administrator discipline you if they saw the activities?
- Are you doing anything that’s against the law?
- Are you being told to keep the activities a secret?
- Does participating in the activity violate your morals and values?
- Is the activity causing you emotional or physical distress?
Unfortunately, students or “pledges” have suffered serious
injuries and even death as a direct result of hazing activities at fraternities,
sororities, high schools, college campuses, and related educational institutions.
If your child has suffered undue harm because of hazing, they may have
grounds to file a personal injury claim.
Contact our New Jersey personal injury firm
to learn more about hazing abuse claims.