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Hazing Prevention Week Story: Florida Gulf Coast University

Moderator:   I was enjoying this story until I got to this quote.

Travis Means, a sophomore psychology major, believes hazing is present at FGCU as well as other college campuses across the country.

“I don’t believe hazing is a problem, as long as it’s not bad hazing. Some hazing goes too far, but safe hazing like making them the designated drivers or telling them to clean everything and maybe even physical stuff, like pushups, is ok. They are all consenting adults, but there should be awareness to not keep quiet about things when they go too far.”

Moderator:  Many would differ, Mr. Means. Many would differ. Respectfully yours, HN

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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