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Chad Meredith’s brother Jerry writes about the Idaho Lambda Chi Alpha drowning death ruled an accident

We were told my brother Chad Meredith died of “accidental drowning”. The media was told by the university and the police there was an ongoing investigation and left at that. As it turned out the on going investigation was a 30 – 45 min interview of the boys at the scene and then turned in as accidental drowning. After we were able to deal with the grief of our family member passing, we started to realize things did not add up. With a thorough investigation from our attorneys and a private investigation, we discovered it was actually hazing. I hope that this Detective Deitrick is continuing his investigation. The boys that were present will have a lot of emotions in the near future, for their sake I hope this was an accidental drowning, but forgive me as from my own experience there is more to the story. Mr. Deitrick, I request you to not take this case lightly and put all your efforts into finding the truth!

Thank you, Jerry Meredith, for your powerful statement. Hank Nuwer

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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