University suspends ENTIRE cheerleading squad over humiliating hazing of 10 …

  • 10 incoming freshman co-eds were hazed but suffered no harm
  • The squad is suspended for the entire 2013-2014 academic year
  • Towson University’s cheerleaders placed first in national championships only a few months ago

By
Ryan Gorman

12:58 EST, 30 August 2013


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16:21 EST, 30 August 2013

Towson University’s champion cheerleaders have been suspended for hazing.

The Baltimore school’s cheerleading squad has been suspended for a recent hazing incident that the school has not yet disclosed. An investigation into the matter has been completed, but an appeal is still on-going, Gay Pinder, media relations, told MailOnline. The university first learned of the allegations Aug. 6.

A total of 10 incoming freshman co-eds were hazed, Ms Pinder told MailOnline, adding that they went unharmed.

No title defense: Despite an automatic place in the next cheer championships, in 2014, it appears unlikely the team will defend its title

No title defense: Despite an automatic place in the next cheer championships, in 2014, it appears unlikely the team will defend its title

The team has been suspended for the entire 2013-2014 academic year, according to Ms. Pinder.

First enacted while the university looked into the allegations, the punishment stood after the investigation was completed. The suspension was first reported by the university’s student newspaper The Torchlight.

‘Towson has a policy of no hazing and we do take that very seriously, said Ms. Pinder, ‘we have high expectations of our students and expect them to treat each other with the utmost respect.’

The school has not yet released the details surrounding exactly how the students were hazed, and Ms Pinder declined to provide those details to MailOnline.

Champions: The squad won the most recent Division I cheer championships, earning an automatic bid in next year's tournament

Champions: The squad won the most recent Division I cheer championships, earning an automatic bid in next year’s tournament

Banned: Towson University's cheerleading team has been suspended following allegations of hazing

Banned: Towson University’s cheerleading team has been suspended following allegations of hazing

It is not clear if this is the first incident of hazing involving the cheer team, according to Ms Pinder.
While sports teams have usually been in the hazing spotlight, pep squads have been outed as hazers as well.

A drum major at Florida AM University died after a 2011 hazing incident during which he was beaten by several members of the school band.

‘I have never heard of a whole team getting suspended,’ Jim Lord, executive director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators told the Baltimore Sun. ‘That is pretty rare, maybe unheard of,’ he added.

In April, Towson’s cheerleaders placed first in the All-Girl Division I section of the National Cheerleaders Association’s Collegiate Cheerleading Championship. Their win proffered them an automatic spot in the 2014 competition, one they look unlikely to attend.

The comments below have not been moderated.

Only those who hazed should be suspended.

ModernMan
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Indianapolis, United States,
31/8/2013 18:04

Good. Seeing how people have died at several University’s there should be no tolerance for this crap. It used to be innocent fun but some of these idiots have gotten out of hand.

Gator
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Florida, United States,
31/8/2013 12:07

To my fellow Brits at home, ‘Hazing’ is the same as an ‘Initiation ceremony’, sadly it has all recently got out of hand, nothing as harmless as a ‘pudding down the pants’ anymore, hazings took a grossly misguided leaf out of the gangs ‘jump in’ ritual and it often involves beatings and humiliating acts. After the death of a student most colleges and high schools have outlawed such ‘events’.- Brit in La La Land, Hollywood, 30/8/2013 13:21 . . . . it’s hardly new, and an initiation ceremony is tame in comparison. the first documented hazing death was in *1878* – more than a hundred years ago. states only started outlawing hazing in 1978.

pragmatic
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bellevue,
31/8/2013 08:10

for those outside the US- hazing is an initiation that consists of bullying, demeaning, and abusive behavior aimed at newcomers to a group. students have died from hazing. because of secrecy, newbies do not know about it beforehand – they find out when the hazing starts and only know everything included when it is over. there is no opportunity to leave. there can be considerable pressure to not report it to school authorities after the fact. as of the beginning of 2010 – there were 96 deaths attributed to hazing.

pragmatic
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bellevue,
31/8/2013 08:01

Oh… the lesson will be learned. HIGH FIVE to the University!

Azulle
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San Diego, United States,
31/8/2013 07:52

yawn!

Cocinero
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Baghdad, Iraq,
31/8/2013 07:43

For those of us outside the States, what the hell is hazing?

Freogirl
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Fremantle, Australia,
31/8/2013 06:17

I want to see the video.

shel100
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Springfield – USA, United States,
31/8/2013 06:03

So basically, for “hazing” read “bullying” then.

Debs
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Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK,
31/8/2013 06:00

But don’t the people being hazed know it’s going to happen? Shouldn’t they too be punished for agreeing to it in the first place? The way I see it both sides keep it going.

DG
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San Diego, United States,
31/8/2013 05:08

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