Hazing News

An open letter to Congresswoman Fredericka Wilson, D-Miami Gardens

Dear Congresswoman Wilson:  Hazing is one behavior problem in a school.  Plagiarism or the using of another person’s creative or research efforts without sourcing or attribution is another.

I support fully your attempts to get a federal law passed.

I do have to ask you why your poster with my hazing death list that I began so painstakingly in 1978 for Human Behavior magazine and updated just this month to 163 deaths was so cavalierly used by you without credit?

Please cease and desist in using information from my site without credit.

I put it up free of charge at great labor to myself for the public good.

I admire and acknowledge the work against hazing you are doing for the public good.

Now that I have given you credit, please grant my research equal measure of respect. — Respectfully, but insistently noting a “public cease and desist” request. Hank Nuwer, Moderator.

Excerpt: She and other grieving relatives of hazing victims stood with Wilson behind a banner that depicted rows of tombstones and the words: “Hazing kills – 163 deaths to date. If you want to haze, lose your financial aid – not for days, but for LIFE!”


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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