ERIC Number: EJ979033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
A Case of High School Hazing: Applying Restorative Justice to Promote Organizational Learning
DeWitt, Douglas M.; DeWitt, Lori J.
NASSP Bulletin, v96 n3 p228-242 Sep 2012
While collegiate fraternity and sorority hazing are well documented problems that receive prominent attention, hazing at the high school level is also a serious issue. Across the nation, media headlines offer a continual reminder that high school hazing is not a phenomenon of the past. As high school principals seek ways to discourage and eliminate incidents of high school hazing, it may be useful to examine a model that was implemented after a nationally covered, major hazing incident that occurred at a large Upper Midwestern high school. The case study analyzes the incident at the time and a follow-up study of the school several years later. A restorative justice program was designed and successfully implemented to address both the hazing incident and a school and community culture of acceptance and encouragement. A follow-up study conducted 7 years after the original incident suggested that the behaviors and the culture had changed.
Descriptors: Violence, Principals, High Schools, Followup Studies, Hazing, Bullying, High School Students, Student Behavior, Social Attitudes, Case Studies, Social Justice, Educational Environment, School Culture, School Districts, Parent Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Program Effectiveness, Victims
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A