Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 216

Cheerleaders suspended for hazing

I confess that I did not know what ‘hazing’ was when I read this cheerleading story on CBS.

I asked my husband. ‘Do you know what hazing is?’

‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘It’s when people do initiation stuff to the new kids at university in the USA.’

‘Well, the Towson University cheerleaders have just been suspended for hazing,’ I responded.

‘Cheerleaders….’ said he. ‘Is there any footage?’

No, dear readers, none has been released (much to my husband’s disappointment), but this is the story….

What have these naughty gals been up to? I'm guessing it's not all splits in the air and pom poms for their version of hazing.....

What have these naughty gals been up to? I’m guessing it’s not all splits in the air and pom poms for their version of hazing…..

Towson Universityโ€™s national championship cheerleading squad has been suspended from competition for a year for its hazing ritual, the details of which have been withheld.

After learning of the hazing incident, the university launched an investigation and eventually decided to bench the entire team for a full year. (Hazing, by the way, has led to some fatalities in the past, so, in fact, it is no laughing matter….this is the description: Hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.)

What exactly did the cheerleaders do? The University ain’t saying!

Now for a totally unnecessary and gratuitous picture of cheerleaders ๐Ÿ™‚



Labor Day Weekend

It’s a bit like August Bank Holibobs in the UK. This Labor Day I’ll be walking with Ken Ulman in this Labor Day Parade for Maryland in Kensington – lucky gal, aren’t it?!

Happy Labor Day folks! (That’s LABOR and not LABOUR – I keep having to delete that British ‘U’!)

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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 216

  1. Thanks for the photo of the cheerleaders! It made my day!

  2. Pat and Pam says:

    Hazing – a long-held tradition at American colleges and universities. It is a form of initiation, but it has verged on dangerous, degrading, and pretty horrid stunts that the newbies are required to do to be “in”. It has been banned all over the place, but somehow it still creeps back in.

  3. sewforever says:

    Well they say one learns something new everyday!! Hazing? Thought it might have something to do with early morning mists…wrong!!! It does sound rather fun…but think I’m too old for hazardous Hazing! Back to the gardening………….

  4. john says:

    I strongly suspect that hazing is world wide, under various names, such as initiation rites etc. More usually confined to male dominated areas such as military special forces, athletics and so on.

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