High school hazing over the years

February 1904

Seven sophomores and juniors from Revere High School allegedly kidnapped the freshmen class treasurer from his house, tied him up with rope and tried to throw him into a tree. The treasurer’s friend — also a freshman — lost a tooth while trying to intervene. Later that evening, the freshmen class went on a sleigh ride. The sleigh was later attacked by the upperclassmen, who ran away when police appeared on the scene.

December 1906


The captain of Wellesley High’s football team and two other top athletes were suspended for allegedly hazing freshmen. They were accused of “ducking” freshmen under a faucet and locking them in a closet at school.

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October 1926

Three Natick teenagers are charged with hazing three students at Natick High School. The victims said they were “hazed in a manner to injure their eyes.”

March 1927

A Bristol County Agricultural School student was taken to a barn and stripped of his clothes, then coated in molasses, and rolled in sawdust. The boy had been targeted for wearing a varsity letter from another school.


June 1927

Juniors at Marlborough High School kidnapped two seniors and drove them several miles out of town, dropped them off and told them to walk home. One potential victim got a police escort to avoid being kidnapped.

Summer 1985

A Medford High School sophomore football player was forced to strip and compete in a race with a cracker in his buttocks at a preseason football camp.

November 1985


Five Lowell High School senior hockey players were suspended for allegedly hanging two freshmen up by their athletic supporters in the locker room and punching them. One of the alleged victims suffered two broken ribs. The seniors were suspended for the season, and the coach resigned.

September 1988

Three Watertown High School football coaches and five players were suspended after police found evidence of hazing at the team’s preseason camp in New Hampshire. The alleged incidents included a boy being put in a duffle bag, and a “cookie run” in which players stripped down and raced across a field with cookies in their buttocks.

April 1996

On the way back from a game, Duxbury High School baseball players stole more than $100 worth of food and drinks from a convenience store. Two days later, all 31 boys on the varsity and junior varsity squads voluntarily turned in their uniforms and forfeited the rest of the season.

March 1990

Ten members of the Brockton High School boys’ track team reportedly hazed eight teammates on a bus. Victims said they were forced to eat pubic hair and had excrement smeared across their faces.

October 1992

Eleven Wilmington High School football players were suspended from one football game and three days of school as punishment for allegedly participating in hazing activities at a preseason football camp in Freedom, N.H.

November 2010

Five Needham High School girls’ varsity soccer players were suspended for allegedly hazing freshmen during “an initiation ritual of new team members.” The victims were reportedly blindfolded, led around on leashes, and hit with pies.

July 2011

Andover High School basketball players were accused of coercing two younger teammates to eat cookies covered in bodily fluids at an overnight camp at Stonehill College in Easton. Two members of the team were expelled and others were suspended. In January 2013, one of the accused students was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and three months of mandatory counseling, and ordered to stay away from the victims and Andover High School basketball games.

January 2012

Members of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School wrestling team allegedly hazed their teammates by hitting them with a belt and a broom handle. The coach was fired.

September 2012

Police investigated alleged hazing involving the Dedham High School football team. Four student-athletes were charged, but no further details were released because they are juveniles.

August 2013

Chelmsford High school football players were accused of hazing at a summer camp in Moultonborough, N.H. The state attorney declined to comment because the students were juveniles.

August 2013

Three members of the Somerville High School junior varsity boys soccer team were accused of entering a freshman cabin at Camp Lenox in Otis and assaulting three other students with a broomstick. All three cases are in juvenile court, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s office.

Emily Sweeney

Source: Globe archives