Hazing News

Three charges dropped at USU

LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Two more cases have been dropped in the hazing death at Utah State, bringing the total number of dropped cases to three.

Prosecutors dismissed the cases against Brittany Bell and Timothy Weber last week.

Both were charged with misdemeanor hazing in the death of Michael Starks.

Starks was a pledge at Sigma Nu. During an initiatory prank, Starks drank too much liquor and died from alcohol poisoning.

Nine other students are still facing charges in the case.
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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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