Hazing News

Trials continue in death of Danny Chen

Here is the link to the NBC update


Defense attorney Guy Womack says [Sgt Blaine] Dugas had no knowledge of any hazing or mistreatment of [Danny] Chen, who shot himself on Oct. 3 in a guard tower.

Two other soldiers already have been tried in the case. Spc. Ryan J. Offutt of Greenville, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count of hazing and two specifications of maltreatment in Chen’s death and was sentenced to six months in jail.

A jury found Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, guilty of maltreatment of a subordinate and assault consummated by battery, but cleared him of the most serious charge — negligent homicide.

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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