'Sick' student pranks stun Spain's universities

Alex Dunham
Alex Dunham - [email protected] • 11 Sep, 2013 Updated Wed 11 Sep 2013 13:52 CEST
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Spain's upmarket halls of residence are calling for an end to hazing rituals like coin-swallowing and using freshmen's mouths as ashtrays, claiming they are leaving students with "deep psychological scars".


Three quarters of Spain's halls of residence have signed a petition to put an end to longstanding hazing rituals taking place at the start of every university year.

The high-class institutions are trying to combat the "pact of silence" stopping first year students from speaking up about their potentially traumatic experiences.

"We're very concerned," said the association in a statement.

"(These pranks) often involve abuse, harassment and humiliation."

Hazing practices in Spain’s uni halls include:

- Forcing first year students to spend a night sleeping under a "veteran's" bed.

- Force-feeding students coins, mud, bird seed or dog food

- Undressing the first years and waxing their bodies

- Using the freshmen's hands and mouths as ashtrays

- Sticking a funnel down their mouths and forcing them to drink copious amounts of alcohol

Spain’s halls of residence are already considering adopting stricter punishments like in the case of Valencia University, where offending pranksters are immediately expelled from their accommodation.

In a recent press release, Spain's Residence Halls Association rejected claims by students that the hazing rituals are "harmless and indispensable pranks" that should be treated as a tradition.



Alex Dunham 2013/09/11 13:52

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