Initiations and hazing rituals tend to be an unspoken part of sports, even all the way to the pros. Plenty of rookies have carried helmets, picked up enormous dinner tabs, or done any number of tasks for the amusement of veterans.
This need to initiate the new members even extend to cheerleader squads, and that’s got more than a dozen girls of one Texas high school in trouble. As KTRK-TV of Houston reports, the varsity cheerleaders of Morton Ranch High School are accused of putting the junior varsity girls through some interesting (if unsanitary) hazing rituals.
The sister of one of the JV cheerleaders described some of the disturbing actions:
“When a girl (BEEP) in her pants and puts her pants on another girl’s head, that’s just disgusting.”
The senior squad is also accused of taking some of the junior members, tying them up, and throwing them into a pool. The Katy Independent School District only released a statement saying, “‘The district is investigating an alleged off-campus incident possibly involving inappropriate behavior by certain students.’”
This hazing is only the latest bit of shenanigans from Morton Ranch High. The district has already had to deal with the fallout of a math teacher arrested and charged with having sex with 17-year-old male student.
As for the cheerleaders, they’re at a camp at Texas A&M, and the district has assured parents that the students there will be safe. I would hope that university officials have the pool locked or someone on duty (doody?) at all times.