Hazing News

Army didn’t haze–Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon V. Paniza–there is a good reason for those bruises, he says.

THE Army’s 10th Infantry Division denied allegations of hazing as part of recruits’ training.

A video was posted recently on the Internet showing Army’s 9th Infantry Division trainers beating up more than 100 draftees clad only in black short pants. The video also showed whips, punches on recruits’ faces, and kicks on their bodies.

But Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon V. Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th ID and chief of the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion, said the videos shows simulation exercises of the soldiers in case they are captured by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“In fact, it was situational and memory training just in case ,,,,” Paniza said.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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