Nuwer’s article on Dunlevy’s death is right on the money. However, what we, hazing activists, do not want to admit is: No one really wants to really stop hazing. South Carolina, has a long history of covering up hazing incidents, such as those that continue to occur at places like the Citadel. Why? Seems like maintaining the status quo is something that is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of the police and citizens of this state. It feels like the pre-civil war south; one in which the concept of “justice for all” is apparently buried. Though Dunlevy’s family may never know the truth, those who watched him die will carry the burden of the secret throughout their life. Psychologically, at least, they will be scarred.
Dr. Susan Lipkins, psychologist
author: Preventing Hazing