Hazing Causes Students Physical and Emotional Harm

Hazing rituals have become commonplace in high school and college campuses across the country. Sadly, these degrading rites of passage often result in physical injuries and emotional trauma.

What is Hazing?

Hazing affects more than half of college students, and most of the time it goes unreported. Moreover, 47% of students experience hazing prior to entering college. Hazing constitutes any activity required of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them. Even if a person is willingly participating, the activity is still considered hazing. Most universities have policies against hazing, and 44 states have laws against hazing.

Fraternity Sued for Hazing Incident

Last week, a fraternity at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon was sued for a hazing incident that resulted in a 20-year-old student losing his right eye. Kellen Johansen participated in an initiation party for Pi Kappa Alpha in April last year, which consisted of drinking alcohol, streaking across the campus and retrieving illegal fireworks.

According to the lawsuit, the president of the fraternity discharged the fireworks. However, the fireworks failed to go up and exploded on the ground. Johansen suffered serious injuries from the explosion that resulted in the surgical removal of his eye. The suit seeks $8.47 million for Johansen’s “life-altering” injury.

“Hazing is a dangerous form of bullying that is never acceptable in our schools. Our firm has handled college fraternity and high school hazing cases in the past, and we are dedicated to seeing justice served for the victims,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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