Freshmen where I am from, they dont' get picked on. It's not funny to pick on someone you don't even know or even IF you know them, it's wrong. If you DON'T know them, you don't know their backgrounds, what's happened to them as children or if they have some kind of mental disorder that'll send them over the edge, kill you, or kill themselves. But, here's the thing, the chances of that happen are unlikely UNLESS the way the so called "Upper Classmen" are going about their "hazing" (or whatever) is violent, cruel and just down right twisted. Those are the fuck nuts that need to be dealt with... Anyways, bottom line, I don't agree with it.
Now, on the subject.
These "upper classmen" have no reason for why they do what they do or no APPARENT reason I should say, and in all honesty, it doesn't matter who is being immature, inhumble or not. Either person has the ability to be the better person and walk away from those kinds of situations. It's horrible, though, when the situations get violent, and a child can't defend themselves. They BOTH get in trouble. I got in a fight once in middle school because they were shoving me around and all that crap, but I wised up and kicked the shit out of them, and I got in trouble. How fucked up is that? But, never highschool. If you ever fucked with anyone at my highschool, there would be gang wars for days, maybe even weeks, depending on how bad the offense was. So, I left that environment, now, I'm a freshmen in College. Hopefully it's different lol But, one thing to keep in mind, if these "upper classmen" are acting this way, and they haven't grown out of it since grade school, chances are they will NEVER change. Unless they have some kind of devine intervention or some shit, they will NEVER change.