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Remembering Fred Bronner: Killed by Pierce College fraternity dropoff

This day in hazing:

December 22 Fred P. Bronner died on this date in 1972. He was already a member but three Chi Chi Chi brothers at Pierce College abducted him anyway and dropped him in the mountains without glasses. Bronner had very poor eyesight and plunged to his death off a 500-foot cliff trying to get back to campus.  It took many days for rescuers to find the body.

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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