Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Day I Got Showered -- Almost II

I spoke with some cousins this Shabbos about hazing in schools and described the recent incident that sparked this discussion. Two cousins who are educators laughed at the suggestion that this is somehow unusual. One, who is a principal and used to be a rebbe (sorry, I can't give any more details), did not think that this is uncommon at all. Another, who currently teaches English to sixth graders in a Hassidic school in Boro Park, said that it is nothing compared to what he saw in his high school. Even the sixth graders he currently teaches frequently lock each other in lockers. He said that he discovered this when one day after recess a student was missing and he heard banging from the hall. He opened a locker and found a kid stuck in there. Sixth graders!

Again, I'm not saying that this is good. Far from it. I'm just saying that the school in question and its students are not somehow deviants from our communal norm.

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