St. John’s University (New York)
Pershing Rifles bayonet stabbing during hazing incident
ROTC pledge Thomas Fitzgerald, a student at another school (Queens College), who had applied for admission into the elite St. John’s chapter, was accidentally impaled by a bayonet blade during a stunt meant merely to intimidate him.
Police said James Savino wielded the deadly blade. School and military officials refused to call the incident hazing, referring to it euphemistically as “unauthorized training.” Alcohol use not cited in press reports.