Hank Nuwer Hazing Clearinghouse is no more. I will KEEP the Hazing Deaths page up and current. This page highlights my newest books “Sons of the Dawn” and my final hazing book titled “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives.”
However, I have no plans to publish any more hazing books (Isn’t five books enough?), although as it is said in Poland…we all know only a cow never changes its mind. .)
I hope I will never update again the Hazing Deaths page. I welcome the decision to ban hard alcohol from chapter houses. It breaks the heart of you and me when a parent loses a child because goofballs pull abusive stunts in the name of tradition.
Excited about my two books-in-progress: a scholarly biography of Kurt Vonnegut and my second historical novel. Over 40 years I have interacted with many people on the hazing issue. So many of the media folk, parents, Greeks, athletes and activists have been wonderful people. I get criticized for blasting those that harangue me, but that is my firm belief. No one should just sit there and take hazing, bullying or mean spirited comments. Not from anyone. At four years old, I ran into a bully named David who slammed my head into a mud puddle. My Dad cleaned me up and gave me self-defense lessons. “Never start a fight,” he said. “Always finish one.”
I did. Then and now.
My last thoughts today on hazing are exactly what they were 40 years ago when I wrote my first article on hazing for Human Behavior magazine. Everyone should have a good time with a group but no one should die for a good time. Hazing is wrong. You can’t just cut down on hazing any more than you can cut down on shoplifting. If someone hazes you, and you can’t fight back, three little numbers are the answer. 911. Make the call. If it feels wrong, it is wrong.