Texas Tech tackles hazing ahead of 'National Hazing Prevention'

Texas Tech tackles hazing ahead of 'National Hazing Prevention' week

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Hazing kills at least one person in the U.S every year. This week schools and organizations across the country are joining in on the 'National Hazing Prevention' movement. It's all part of September's National Hazing Prevention Week

Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep deprivation, and sex acts are some of the more extreme examples, but hazing can be a lot more simple. Texas Tech is working to prevent it by using strict and proactive measures.

"We talk to parents at parent receptions, and we talk to them about the signs and what to look for and to contact us," said Kimberly Thornton, senior director of Texas Tech's Center for Campus Life. "We have one on one meetings with our presidents, so we do a variety of different things. We have panels that talk about hazing and anti-hazing and prevention strategies."

Texas Tech decided to move up its hazing prevention week this year to coincide with the beginning of the school year and rush week.  According to a study conducted by 'Stop Hazing' only 1 out of 20 hazing victims report it to administrators. Thornton said speaking up is step one.

Texas Tech students can file an anonymous hazing report online or visit the center for student services. Hazing can be a crime, the punishment depends on the severity, but criminal hazing can lead to prison time.





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