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New Hampshire law forbids hazing and being hazed. 7 “victims” charged: Boston Herald story

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HENNIKER, N.H. — Seven New England College students have been arrested on hazing charges linked to an incident last fall.

Henniker Police Chief Timothy Russell says the seven were pledges initiated into a fraternity. He said they were paddled by other fraternity members, who also threw food and cold water on them.

Russell anticipates charging others, including fraternity members who performed the hazing, and possibly older alumni who were there.

He said police learned of the hazing when investigating another, more serious incident, in which new fraternity members suffered serious chest burns while being branded. No arrests have been made in that incident, and police still are investigating.

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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