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Letter writer: How can hazing GO wrong when it is wrong?

Moderator: the point of Ruggles’ short note is clear here: engage in a sometimes dangerous, usually demeaning, always primitive or cruelly creative activity long enough and something bad will happen. Then there are consequences. Except in Arizona. Where the holes in Ms. Polk’s reasoning go deeper than the Grand Canyon’s chasms. HN

Ruggles’ letter below:

Defense by county attorney ludicrous

Apr. 8, 2006 12:00 AM

I was outraged when I read Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk’s response to recent media coverage of the appalling Bennett/Wheeler case (“Inaccurate reports twist facts in case of hazing gone wrong,” Opinions, Wednesday).She refers to the assault/abuse of 18 children as “hazing gone wrong.” I don’t know how hazing can go wrong when it is wrong.Hazing is never right; it’s never a prank or a joke. It’s meant to humiliate and to cause others to suffer.

Polk’s defense of the actions of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is ludicrous.

Marilyn C. Ruggles, Phoenix (letter to the Arizona Republic)

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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