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Sports Team Hazing Attorney in Kansas

Hazing is a dangerous practice that can have physical and emotional ramifications for victims. Despite known risks and even laws against hazing, many school sports teams continue to force new recruits through barbaric hazing rituals that can put them at risk of serious harm. If your child has been injured due to sports team hazing in Kansas, our lawyers at DRZ Law can help you seek justice. Discuss your case with one of our attorneys today.

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What Is Sports Team Hazing?

 Hazing refers to forcing new recruits to participate in difficult – and often dangerous – tasks that are designed to be painful, challenging or humiliating to join a sports team. Hazing is often done secretly, both to protect the ritual and to avoid intervention by the school. This can make it difficult to spot the signs of hazing, especially if the victim lives on campus. Hazing can involve many dangerous and even deadly practices, including:

  • Physical assault or beatings
  • Physical punishment
  • Kidnapping
  • Being bound and gagged
  • Tattooing or piercing
  • Branding
  • Being forced to commit crimes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Psychological torture
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Coerced sexual activity
  • Sexual assault or rape

Sports team hazing incidents have been known to cause severe physical injuries, physical and emotional trauma, and even death. A recent example at the University of Kansas, for example, led to the suspension of two fraternities for extreme hazing that involved emotional torture, physical abuse, forced alcohol consumption and servitude. 

How Can a School Prevent Sports Team Hazing? 

Kansas law makes it a class B misdemeanor to commit any act that could foreseeably result in bodily harm, disfigurement or death as part of an initiation of membership into an organization. Yet, this does not stop sports teams in Kansas from forcing potential players to go through traumatic hazing rituals. It is a school’s responsibility to take actionable measures to prevent sports team hazing, such as:

  • Proactive anti-hazing protocols. Preventing hazing is always better than punishing students after the fact. A college should have proactive rules and systems in place to prevent hazing, such as strict and clear penalties for rule breakers.
  • Proper student and youth sports supervision. During recruiting season for school sports, sports teams should be carefully supervised for suspicious hazing activities. Everyone on a team should be aware that they are being watched and that there are punishments for hazing.
  • Reporting methods and prompt investigations. A school should have clear reporting protocols that victims can follow without fear of retaliation by those responsible for hazing, such as anonymous reporting measures. If a school receives a report of hazing, it should investigate and take remedial action immediately.

 Unfortunately, many schools in Kansas turn a blind eye to hazing rituals by fraternities and sports teams. They may conceal known information about hazing on campus from parents, for instance, or bury reports of hazing to protect their own reputations. In some cases, administrators at the school may see hazing as character building or just star athletes “having fun.” Negligence by a school in preventing hazing could give you grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the institution.

Contact DRZ Law Today for Assistance With a Sports Team Hazing Lawsuit

 Holding a school, college or university responsible for your child’s sports team hazing injuries can provide justice on a larger scale – not only for your child but for other students affected by hazing, as well. It can change practices on an institutional level to prevent hazing in the future. It can also result in financial compensation for the victim’s bodily injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

At DRZ Law, our sports team hazing attorneys in Kansas can help you and your family with this type of lawsuit. We understand how devastating hazing can be for victims. Our law firm offers free, confidential case evaluations, where we will listen to your story and let you know if your case has merit. Please call our team of sports team hazing lawyers at (913) 400-2033 or contact us online today to request your meeting.

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