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Williamsville, NY youth dies in West Virginia fraternity incident

Moderator  A chapter already on notice for bad behavior? Alcohol served freely. An impressionable pledge wanting to belong.  All signs point to yet another hazing death in America. This is the second youth historically from the Buffalo, NY area to die under such circumstances. The first was Scott Krueger of MIT who died of an alcohol overdose in an episode called hazing. MIT settled with the Krueger family for $6 million.



A West Virginia University freshman has died after what the university called a “catastrophic medical emergency” at a fraternity house.

The university suspended all Greek activities after Nolan Burch, 18, was hospitalized Thursday due toincident at the Kappa Sigma house, said WVU Dean of Students Corey Farris.

The suspension of fraternity and sorority activities could last until the end of the semester, Farris said.

Morgantown Police Department officers found Burch at the fraternity “without any pulse or respiration” when they arrived, according to a police release. Someone was performing CPR on Burch when the police arrived, the release said.

The university and police department have not provided details of whether the incident was related to hazing.


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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