Hazing News

Pullman Police Chief Jenkins drops the ball in Big-Little death.

The police chief missed the deadline to post hazing charges. Shame on Pullman Police and the Prosecutor for letting the one-year statute of limitations expire in the “Big-Little” death of Sam Martinez, a travesty, at Washington State’s Alpha Tau Omega house.

“We had our eyes on a potential more serious offense, that was manslaughter, and because of the logistics and trying to interview the large number of witnesses we had, it lengthened that investigation,” said Chief Jenkins. “Unfortunately this pushed us beyond the one year timeline that would be required for some misdemeanors, and one of those misdemeanors is hazing. I wish we could have completed this investigation sooner, we just were not able to with the number of witnesses and logistics involved.”

Response from activist Ev Piazza

So I’m confused – in the State of Idaho, misdemeanors aren’t prosecutable? There is not DA before a judge arguing why a defendant should pay for their crimes of intentional abuse called Hazing? Is this just like a traffic ticket? A young man lost his life at the hands of individuals who thought it was cool to make “potential new members”, I.e. “pledges”, drink lethal amounts of alcohol to prove their loyalty and commitment and there is no price to pay except on the part of Sam Martinez’s family and friends who now get to live the rest of their lives with that hole in their heart and the frustration in knowing Sam’s peers intentionally set out to hurt him with alcohol. The justice system is so messed up (me using nice language)


Coroner Annie Pillers ruled that Martinez died 4 hours before paramedics were called to the house.

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By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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