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8 hazing danger signs from Hanknuwer.com

From moderator Hank Nuwer

  1. Your fraternity encourages or coerces pledges into drinking. A bottle exchange is not a gift. It’s a weapon that has killed over and over.
  2. Your chapter has members who physically haze in lineups or administer “wood” with impunity.
  3. Your high school team has players who think it their right to touch and taunt rookies.
  4. Your sorority shares or trades pledges with a fraternity.
  5. Your chapter thinks it is a hoot to drop pledges far from home with no identification.
  6. Your chapter makes pledges go on some kind of forced march.
  7. Your chapter makes pledges eat unpleasant substances that can make someone gag and choke.

8) You make pledges swim or wade in deep waters.

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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