Hazing News

As expected: Judge fires a light sentence, not the book, at FAMU band member

As I had predicted, based on all other hazing deaths, the top perpetrator in the death of Robert Champion received but one year’s sentence today from Judge Lebut, ignoring the State’s recommendation of imposing a nine-year penalty.

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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