Hazing generally associated with colleges, most often as initiation rites into fraternities or sororities. It is becoming more prevalent in high schools and even middle schools, however, and can be seen in any kinds of clubs or athletics. Hazing is kind of like backwards bullying: Kids will almost volunteer to be hazed so that they can be included in a certain group. Bullying, on the other hand, is when one group picks out another kid to make fun of and exclude. Hazing can be physical, mental, or emotional. It is used as a requirement for a student to be included or initiated into a specific club or group.
I ask the questions: How is hazing related to bullying? How do they differ in the ways that they affect students? How should we as teachers, administrators, and even parents, react to and prevent hazing in schools? Websites such as “hazingstudy.org” and “stophazing.org” provide general information, including recognizing and preventing hazing.
Some states are enacting laws prohibiting hazing, making hazing or failing to report hazing criminal offenses. Many instances of hazing go unreported; often even the victim himself will deny that he has been hazed.
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BG - I believe hazing is heavily related to bullying in the sense that if both are left unnoticed and responded to, then that promotes the idea that it's socially acceptable, and almost expected, to harm others. Hazing is interesting in that the victims usually volunteer for this physical or emotional harm. I believe hazing is a lot harder to deal with because it's a deeper part of school society and peer pressure. I think something that teachers, administrators, and parents should work towards is involving themselves in more of organizations and activities among students to monitor for hazing and bullying.
CC- After comparing hazing and bullying they are different in the fact that the victims of hazing chose to be hazed while the victims of bullying have no choice in the matter. When someone is getting hazed they volunteer for the process because they want to become a part of some group. However, they know that eventually the hazing will be over and they will be accepted. Victims of bullying do not know when the torment will end have less hope of it being over anytime soon or being accepted by their bully. It is important for teachers and parents to look for the working signs of both hazing and bullying. There are many instances where hazing has gotten too dangerous and gone too far, endangering the lives of those participating and in the articles we read there were several examples of bullying that ended the lives of innocent vicitms. Teachers and parents schould try to prevent these situations by educating students abut the harms of bullying and hazing. They should also explain that not student should ever have to do anything they don't want to or know isn't safe in order to be accepted and that they should accept others for who they are.
BR - While I agree with both of you that hazing has a strong tie to bullying except in the fact that students who are hazed chose to be hazed and studnets who are bullyed have no choice, I feel that bullying is the harder of the two to deal with. Hazing is usually related to some sort of initiation and therefore can be somewhat predictable, whether it be for a sport, club or organization, if the right of passage into the group is to be hazed it can usually be stopped by coaches, directors, or leaders. Bullying on the other hand has no rhyme or reason to it and is therefore difficult to predict and deal with. This in no way implies that hazing is not difficult to deal with, I just feel that bullying is a more serious problem. In order to deal with hazing I believe that administrators should explain peer pressure and how students never have to do something they dont want to.

Sources to reference: (Please put your initials in red in front of your suggested references. Include direct links to websites and complete citing info for published works. Thanks.)
AL: Texas enacts anti-hazing law: https://illiad.iwu.edu/illiad.dll?SessionID=J111123248N&Action=10&Form=75&Value=92862
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AL: Courts show no tolerance for hazing: http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=7&hid=17&sid=800f6246-6889-4b7b-ac2f-ec60a2d3211d%40sessionmgr10