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Anniversary sparks Good Sam discussion in Texas

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TABC new alcohol poisoning amnesty for minors
TX State Wire
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – An amnesty program by Texas alcohol regulators is meant to stop youth poisoning deaths.

The announcement Wednesday by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission came on the first anniversary of the California death of an 18-year-old college student from Austin.

Carson Starkey was a freshman at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, who died after attending a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party. Police have said Starkey had to drink a bag full of alcoholic beverages as part of the pledging process. The fraternity was later suspended.

TABC agents “will not cite minors for the illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages if an individual seeks assistance because of a medical emergency or because a person has been a victim of sexual assault or other violent crime.”

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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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