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    Editorial: "For the Greater Good"

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:20:04 GMT
    Sometimes for the greater good you have to do things that you didn't necessarily plan or want to do.  This is what I ask of Marvin Wiggins and Elton Dean as they seriously consider the requests of ASU'sMore >>
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    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Consequences"

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:20:05 GMT
    Our editorial earlier last week focusing on recent arrests of Alabama and Auburn football players lead to the following feedback on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…here is just a sampling:More >>
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  • Editorial: "Consequences"

    Editorial: "Consequences"

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:20:05 GMT
    It's been a bumpy start for the two highest profile college football programs in Alabama and maybe the country. Since April three University of Alabama football players have been arrested (2 for DUI andMore >>
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Last year I editorialized passionately about the need to address and stop bullying focusing primarily on children and adolescents.  Unfortunately, bullying doesn't stop when you graduate from High School.  It continues to take place under a different name and in most cases is a "traditionally accepted" practice.  What I'm referring to is hazing.

Today we know that hazing extends far beyond college fraternities and is experienced by boys/men and girls/women in school groups, university organizations, athletic teams, the military, and other social and professional organizations.

Hazing by definition is any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the persons willingness to participate.

Am I missing something here?  Why would any school, university, organization or government entity who knows this is taking place let the practice continue?  People are losing their lives.

So here's our recommendation.  Make it known today - University President, coach, band leader, military officer, fraternity and sorority leader that there will be zero tolerance for any act that demeans, degrades or humiliates another human being.  If future occurrences take place then immediate action will be taken.  It's time to close the chapter on this practice whose time has long come and gone. This should be an easy one – do something today.

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