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2006: a year without a hazing death in U.S. colleges and high schools

Now that it is clear Limestone College officials and faculty will look for

alcohol serving (to a minor) only as the cause of the death of athlete Zach Dunlevy, there are no hazing deaths of athletes or Greeks to report in 2006.
It is a small but important victory since there are verifiable hazing incidents every year from 1970 to 2005.

2006 did have international deaths, including a recent reported fraternal death in the Philippines, however.

Now for 2007. Here’s to another death-from-hazing free year. And here’s hoping police and college administrators and emergency room doctors will conduct full investigations to rule out or to confirm hazing when “rookie” athletes are instructed to bring their own bottles to parties.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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