Calling time on uni initiation ceremonies
I have been driven to write in support of the banning of initiation ceremonies by universities (Family calls for action over son’s drink death, 26 October). In 2015 my daughter was subject to initiation ceremony at another university by a society. She believed the ends of her hair would be dyed pink.
This is what actually happened: after dark and by surprise, she was whisked off a street, blindfolded and put into a van along with a group of the other uninitiated.
They were held in a dark cellar and told to look for a box of matches on the floor in order to find a piece of paper. This was a “recipe” for a hooch made from bottles of spirits, which they were instructed to drink. In a drunken state the group was blindfolded again and taken to a wood outside the city to find their own way back to the university.
We decided not to report it to the university at the time because we were frightened of the retaliation. My daughter went from being happy and getting top grades in some of her papers to being “down” and leaving the university before the end of the year. I was relieved that it didn’t trigger a major mental illness. I regret not speaking out before. Name and address supplied