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Clover hazing fails to meet criminal standards

But clearly hazing of a lesser nature occurred.  There is more damage control in this story than one would expect.  Perhaps understandable, given all the bad press Clover has received.  Perhaps not.  A reminder to all reporters to separate fact from statement.

And as far as victim and participant and bystander statements occur, look only to today’s coverage of Manitoba Junior hockey to see how young kids will cover up to protect a coach or teammate.  Hazing is one of the tougher crimes or (lesser cases) infractions for a journalist or police force to prove. (See Neepawa coach steps down)

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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