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1899 death of Martin V. Bergen in a New Jersey hazing

Here is the link. Bergen, Martin V.
Died from Hazing — New Jersey Lad does not Survive Initiation Injuries.
Princeton, N. J., Nov. 22.–Martin V. Bergen, son of Councilman Peter V. Bergen, of this place, died today from injuries received at a hazing at Lawrenceville last Friday. He died of inflammation of the bowels. Young Bergen was twelve years old and a freshman at Lawrenceville. He was being put through the initiation when one of the hazers accidentally fell upon him.
[Source: Columbus Daily Enquirer, November 23, 1899]

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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