Brutal initiation rites are usually associated with American colleges, with at least 60 students in the US having died in fraternity-related incidents since 2005, but apparently they are becoming more common over here.
Abbey Ward, an ex-student at Loughborough University, told The Sun:
You have to run 30 metres, then drink a pint of wine. Then you run back 30 metres and eat a lemon whole, or a chili. You’ve got to keep running until all your ingredients have been consumed.
The aim is for the older years to make the freshers vomit. Then photos are spread on social media.
It’s just uni culture. Everyone who plays a sport expects to be involved and sees it as a life experience.
Abbey said she heard of a rugby player who ended up breaking his leg after running down a hill pissed.
Rugby players at Edinburgh played a game with a live chicken, obviously, and players from Gloucester’s rugby and football teams stripped off and performed sex acts on a bus in front of passengers. Weird.
Why anyone would want to join a club that made you do that is beyond me.
A male ex-student from King’s College London rugby team said:
My initiation involved drinking loads of booze, getting naked and doing an assault course.
Another time, three members of our team were arrested after getting naked on a train platform and performing star jumps as part of their initiation. Other mates were forced to drink so much they ended up in A&E having their stomachs pumped.
In other clubs, people were bullied and humiliated after being tricked into drinking urine. It seems silly but it was a huge bonding session and it became a badge of honour.
Urine drinking bonding session? Sounds. Fucking. Grim.