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Close call at Drake.

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Des Moines police said Skylar Otto, 20, and Joseph Hatchett, 19, are accused of hazing, a serious misdemeanor. They were to be released on their own recognizance.

Three members of the Iowa Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Drake University have been suspended from the fraternity pending a full investigation into their alleged roles in the incident. [Editor — Phi Delta Theta’s national has been particularly active in HazingPrevention.org and on its own blog to
foster a no-tolerance for hazing atmosphere).

Nathan Cody Erickson, 19, a freshman at Drake University and a new member of the fraternity, was admitted to a Des Moines hospital with a blood-alcohol content of nearly .50, early Sunday morning.

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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