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Article: Prosecutors Taking Tougher Stance in Fraternity Hazing Deaths

Before Reading

Read through this list of annual deaths in the United States because of hazing, compiled by the journalism professor and anti-hazing advocate Hank Nuwer. Pick out a few stories on the list, which starts in 1838 and goes through the present day.

What are some of the common stories? What stories stand out on the list, and why? What are your impressions after reading through the list and seeing the photos?

Questions for Comprehension and Analysis

1. What happened to a 19-year-old sophomore at Penn State University during a fraternity hazing? What did prosecutors do to 18 fellow students that demonstrates the harder line prosecutors have begun to take against death from initiation rituals?

2. What did David LaBahn, president of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, have to say about the case? What have universities and colleges done to take a tougher stance against hazing after reports of sexual assault and binge drinking?

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By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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