Here is the link to Fox News story
John Butler Groves is not a name known to many, but became an unfortunate first.
Groves, according to a family history and a national database, died from hazing at Franklin Seminary in Kentucky in 1838.
Hank Nuwer, an author who has covered hazing on college campuses and maintains a hazing database spanning decades, also notes that there has been at least one hazing death a year in the United States since 1961. It’s time for that to stop and to appropriately punish those responsible for these reckless deaths.
Perhaps then we will treat hazing like the serious crime it is.
Pending legislation in Pennsylvania would add more serious penalties for those convicted of hazing.
Here is a review of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives (Hank Nuwer) by Ozy Magazine
But it was not until extracurricular societies, including almost exclusively male social fraternities, started to proliferate on college campuses during the 19th century that hazing really came into its own. By the time Mort Leggett entered Cornell in 1873, hazing was a fact of life for many freshmen, usually taking the form of being paddled, getting one’s head shaved or performing some sort of physical challenge. The “preliminaries” that Leggett was told he would have to endure to “earn” membership into Kappa Alpha Society entailed being blindfolded and marched at night up a narrow trail adjacent to a ravine. When the young pledge was left unattended for a moment, he lost his bearings and tumbled into the gorge below. Neither KAS nor any of its members received any punishment, and key details of the incident, including that Leggett had been blindfolded, were omitted from accounts of the time, says Hank Nuwer, editor of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives. “The cover-ups that we see on college campuses today go back all the way to the first fraternity hazing death in 1873.”
This is a heartwrenching story. See my Hazing Deaths page and this link for more information.
Excerpt: “Jacob Heil, 18, was charged with DUI Saturday at the scene, not far from a UK football game. UK put ATO on suspension Tuesday after finding the fraternity had allegedly served alcohol to pledges at a tailgate before the game.”