Hazing News

Severe beating alleged and being investigated in Texas

KVUE Excerpt: Last February, Barbara Cabbil and her husband left their home in Burleson to drive to Austin to check on their son, Dwayne, a freshman at Huston-Tillotson.  When they arrived, they were shocked by what they saw.

Cabbil hospitalized her son in after she says he was beaten, elbowed, paddled and caned, leaving him bruised and blackened.  She said Dwayne has broken capillaries on his buttocks, preventing him from being able to sit.

It remains unclear if the hazing incident happened.  A spokesperson with Huston-Tillotson said it was a fellow student who administered the beating, a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Huston-Tillotson issued a statement on Tuesday, saying, “We’re taking the allegation very seriously.  We’re meeting with various individuals on campus and are doing our own internal investigation,” said Huston-Tillotson, in a statement.  “The university does not condone any type of hazing activities.  It’s against the university’s policy to haze and it’s against the law.”

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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