"Welcome to high school, honey."
These are the words uttered to rising freshmen in the cult classic film "Dazed And Confused" (1993) as soon-to-be senior girls smear ketchup, mustard and flour all over the young girls as part of an initiation rite.
Judging from a letter recently sent out by school officials to 8th and 11th grade parents, it almost seems that the students at Malibu High School may have been watching a lot of this movie -- and taking too much to heart.
UPDATE: Scroll down for details from an updated letter sent out to parents today.
The bulletin warned parents about hazing that was rumored to be taking place last weekend or this weekend. And the particular details of the hazing mirror the film "Dazed And Confused" to a tee.
The 8th graders are often driven to the location by 11th graders. Initiation for girls has included such things as wearing bathing suits and being covered with food, cat food, or other sticky substances and then rolled in the sand ending in the ocean or getting hosed off. We have been told that there is lewd, inappropriate sexual conduct. Initiation for boys often involves violence, usually in the form of being paddled and physical fighting. Girls are humiliated and harassed.
If "Dazed And Confused" is any indication, the video above depicts what Malibu High girls could have in store for them soon. See below for a look at what the freshman boys might have to endure:The school letter goes on to ask parents to help put a stop to the ritual:
This is a dangerous situation, and we need your support in bringing this to a stop. This is not a rite of passage. It is dangerous and could have tragic results. Following the hazing, there may be a party involving alcohol hosted by 11th graders.
The letter ends with a clue as to how much the 8th grade kids most likely want to fit in by stating, "Please be strong and do not give in when your children plead to attend."
To read the original school letter in full, click over to Malibu Patch.
UPDATE: Malibu High School's principal sent a second letter to parents today stating in part:
Our intention in writing the letter was to alert parents of a potentially unsafe activity. Our actions were precautionary and meant to enlist parents as partners in ensuring our students are safe. We have sent this letter in past years and believe it to be highly effective in curbing unsafe behaviors...