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.