Chicago-area Hazing Highlights Female Aggression

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The case of the suburban Chicago high school girls who kicked, punched, and doused each other with all manner of foul substances is focusing attention on how brutal girls can be to each other, says the Christian Science Monitor reports. The hazing ritual at a “powder puff” football game at Glenbrook North High School raises the question “Are girls, in their way, every bit as mean as boys are?,” the paper says.

The story has had so much play partly because its setting of Northbrook, Ill., “is a picture-perfect suburb, a cliché of maple-lined streets, manicured lawns, and large sandstone homes. Not the sort of place a girls’ brawl is supposed to happen,” the Monitor says.

Programs already have sprung up that attempt to deal with female aggression. The Ophelia Project, based in Erie, Pa., has intervention and mentoring programs that run nationwide.

Criminal charges in the Northbrook case are likely, the Associated Press reports.


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