Texas A & M bonfire. It had been 20 years since the most deaths in a campus “fun” tradition occurred. 12 people died and many more were injured in a “tradition” that was poorly supervised, ill conceived, and totally preventable. I still shake my head at the shortsightedness of alumni interests, campus president, administration, and risk management team. No, it was not hazing per se, but it certainly, as a bizarre and foolish campus tradition, has many of the flaws and illogical mind traps associated with hazing. The deaths should never have happened. Twenty years later, we remember the pain of families who lost their loved ones. And, for me, I regret all the good those twelve people might have done for themselves, family and country. The Texas A & M tragedy must never be forgotten as a cautionary tale for campus “traditions”–Hank Nuwer
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