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Arizona case mixes religion wih politics: a senator’s son feared a felony charge with victims young as 11 might keep him from his dream of fulfilling an LDS mission.

While Arizona State Senate President Ken Bennett, R-Prescott, stayed mostly quiet
except to understandably express his fears as a parent, his defendant son said a felony conviction would end his dream of doing good deeds for his church. But the parents of 11 and 13-year-olds were not mollified. This very difficult story follows (parental discretion advised):

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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