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As a Waxahachie freshman, bullied incessantly by older basketball teammates, Eric Montgomery contemplated suicide.

"I don't blame the coach," Montgomery said. "I didn't say anything. You didn't say anything back then. You just kept your mouth shut, and you didn't rat anybody out. You dealt with it yourself."

It wasn't until many years later — when he became a parent and coach — that Montgomery, now 43, opened up about his experience. After stints as softball coach at Forney and Frisco Reedy, he's now the coach at Longview Spring Hill. Now, Montgomery relishes the opportunity to talk with athletes and parents about how teammates should treat one another.

That discussion is as important as ever, because despite national campaigns aimed at education and prevention, experts say hazing and bullying not only continue in high school sports, they are becoming more frequent and intense.

This summer, The Dallas Morning News conducted an area-wide survey of high school coaches about hazing in athletics. The News' high school staff identified dozens of experts, coaches, victims and perpetrators to better bring to light the culture of hazing in high school athletics and what can be done to prevent it. The following stories are the result of that work:

A Flower Mound wrestling case is a cautionary tale of how hazing scandals can tear apart teams, communities
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