Editorial: I must write an essay immediately for publication as a journalist editorializing in non-layman’s language. But once again, a judge has forgotten the law on hazing –regardless of a participant’s willingness to participate. 3 FAMU band defendants get away with no jail time following death of beaten Robert Champion. It is not up to me to judge the defendants, but I do judge the judge. And find the letter of the law was disregarded in my opinion. The court erred and has set back justice in hazing cases, I believe. –Moderator Hank Nuwer
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CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Three teenagers and a leader of a street gang were arrested by police for the death of a 14-year-old boy after an initiation rite in Sta. Maria town on Tuesday.
Police said the victim, Christian de la Cruz, was beaten up around 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday as part of the initiation rite of the True Brown Style (TBS), a street gang led by Brylle Daguiso, 25.
Police said members of TBS took turns punching De la Cruz, who died on Wednesday morning while being treated at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City.
He was first taken by his parents to a hospital in Sta. Maria when he complained of stomach pains at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Policemen responded to a tip that an initiation rite was taking place in Barangay Sta. Clara on Tuesday night, leading to the separate arrests of Daguiso, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.
On Thursday, a 13-year-old suspect surrendered to authorities. A fifth suspect, a 15-year-old boy, has yet to be arrested.
Today, 3 defendants in the death of FAMU bandleader face sentences of up to 20 years. My informed estimate is that 6 to 9 years will be the stiffest sentence imposed. … [Continue reading]
Moderator: With pride and gratitude, I look back on a full quarter-century since the publication of my "Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing". Unfortunately, publisher Longstreet Press has gone out of business, but used copies usually can be … [Continue reading]