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Hazing by the Numbers: 1838-2012 by Hank Nuwer

Here is a breakdown on hazing incidents–Moderator Hank Nuwer

First 100 years: 1838-1938

Total Deaths: 26

PRIMARY CAUSE

Alcohol-related 0

Abandoned in country 1

Drowned 2

Details unknown, mysterious circumstances, perhaps a coverup 3

Vehicle Accident 2

Blindfolded and killed in accident 1

Post-hazing fatal illness 6

Non-affiliated bystander killedĀ  1

Electrocuted 1

Heart Failure 1

Beaten or crushed 5

Throat slit by broken bottle 1

Revenge or self-defense killing during a hazing 1

Longest Period without a hazing death prior to 1939: 1847 death (none in 1848) to 1872 (death in 1873)

1940 – 2012

PRIMARY CAUSE of death listed below. In many cases it is unknown if alcohol had been a factor. Where known, I have indicated same. First alcohol-related hazing death: 1940 (more than 100 years since hazing death). Seventy of 137 deaths by hazing had alcohol as a contributing factor; in the other 67 alcohol either was unreported or not involved.

40 Primarily an alcohol overdose:

1 Scavenger hunt

1 Buried alive

1 Burned to death

2 Water torture (heavy alcohol use reported in both pledge periods)

11 FallsĀ  (nine had alcohol as factor)

6 beatings

10 killed during dropoffs (alcohol factor in four deaths)

2 stabbings

15 drownings (nine had alcohol as known factor)

3 post-hazing illnesses

2 choked to death on forced food substances

3 suicides post-hazing

24 auto accidents (5 with alcohol known to be a factor; alcohol in fatalities wasn’t reported as much in earlier years)

10 heat stroke or heart failure related to unusual exertion

3 shot

1 misfired cannon during an otherwise benign initiation

1 electrocution

1 unknown cause (coroner could not determine cause of death)

 

 

 

 

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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