Although there’s something inherently funny about humiliating group initiation rituals (think of the classic “thank you sir- may I have another?” paddling scene from Animal House), hazing seems to be one topic that’s approached “not cool to joke about” territory in recent years due to some pretty horrible incidents involving young people abusing each other in one form or another. For whatever reason, hazing seems to be one of those things where “lines get crossed”, as they say. An innocent idea for a prank can turn into something far crueler, and with today’s social media and smartphone technology it’s much harder for anything to remain a secret. The worst and most-publicized cases of hazing abuse have led many organizations to adopt strict anti-hazing policies to prohibit even the most lighthearted of pranks. Still, there are some people who defend hazing as being essential to building a sense of camaraderie, presumably as long as “the line doesn’t get crossed”, however that may be interpreted. What is your opinion of hazing? Have you ever been subjected to a hazing ritual?