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Humboldt State officials say two soccer players’ lives were in danger during a hazing incident that ended season

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An investigation into the incident and other violations of student and athletic codes of conduct began after school officials received a phone call on Aug. 6 indicating that a number of players on the men’s soccer team had been involved in hazing and underage drinking at an off-campus party.

At a press conference Tuesday, Vice President of Student Affairs Peg Blake said alcohol was believed to have played a large role in the alleged hazing.

Blake said more than 20 players attended the party, all of whom engaged in hazing activities “designed to humiliate and degrade players” and heavy drinking. Although she would not provide specifics, Blake went on to say that the lives of two student athletes were put in serious jeopardy. Neither received medical treatment.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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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