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Pennsylvania hazing law to Senate vote

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John Butler Groves is not a name known to many, but became an unfortunate first.

Groves, according to a family history and a national database, died from hazing at Franklin Seminary in Kentucky in 1838.

Hank Nuwer, an author who has covered hazing on college campuses and maintains a hazing database spanning decades, also notes that there has been at least one hazing death a year in the United States since 1961. It’s time for that to stop and to appropriately punish those responsible for these reckless deaths.

Perhaps then we will treat hazing like the serious crime it is.

Pending legislation in Pennsylvania would add more serious penalties for those convicted of hazing.

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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