No, when teammates escalate hazing to hatred - and the thought of shoving a pool cue into a 15-year-old's rectum and rupturing organs is unimaginable for most of us - the fallout is uncharted waters.
How, after all, do you deal with inexplicable violence?
"There's not a playbook on how to deal with something like this," Hamilton County Board of Education Chairman Jonathan Welch said. "This is new to all of us."
Welch was part of the four-minute facade last Wednesday. He realized quickly that his abbreviated comments fell short; the loud and impassioned reaction confirmed it.