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Hazing injury to Charles Strout, Bowdoin College, 1881

Here is a photo (with story) of Charles Strout who suffered a serious eye injury when allegedly someone in a patrolling hazing party threw a chunk of coal through his window. The father sued those he believed responsible. The article in the New York Times ran 130 years ago today.

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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