Prevent Hazing & Save Lives

 Some National Stories:

Hazing related incidents since Fall 2008, as noted by Hank Nuwer

 2008: Cal Poly(California)

Sigma Alpha Epsilon--- Hazing
The death of pledge Carson Starkey, 18, on December 2, 2008 of alcohol poisoning resulted in convictions of members.

* 2009:  SUNY Geneseo
Pigs Drinking Club (sub-rosa organization)---Hazing
Arman Partamian, a recent Eagle Scout, died from an alcohol overdose.

* 2009:   Prairie View A & M (Texas)
Phi Beta Sigma--- Alleged hazing
The parents of Donnie Wade Jr., 20, claim that an exercise session in which their son died was a direct result of hazing.

* 2010: Radford University                                              
Tau Kappa Epsilon (Virginia)---Hazing 

The 2010 death of Samuel Mason was called a hazing incident and subsequently resulted thus far in seven arrests in 2011.

* 2010: East Carolina University
Delta Sigma Theta
---Traffic deaths allegedly from sleep deprivation
A 2012 lawsuit by the mother of a deceased sorority pledge at East Carolina University maintained that the 2010 deaths of her daughter and a second pledge were directly caused by sleep deprivation due to hazing. East Carolina State University Delta Sigma Theta pledges Victoria Carter, 20, and Briana Latrice Gather, 20, died in a car accident.


Timeline continued here:

Hazing Deaths Continued...

Information Courtesy of: "The Hazing Reader" (Indiana University Press) by Hank Nuwer; Copyright 2014.

Michael died on November 21, 2008 during a Sigma Nu fraternity hazing at Utah State University. He was 18 years old and had started college less than 3 months earlier.

As a family united, we know, now, that hazing can only be addressed through active education on and off campus, open community-wide discussion, robust hazing laws, deferred rush at colleges and universities willing to be part of the solution, and county prosecutors committed to doing their job well.  1.5 millions High School students are hazed or bullied each year, 55% of college students involved in clubs, sports, and academic clubs experience hazing, with 82% involving binge drinking, and 2 of every 5 students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus. As of February 12, 2010, the number of fraternity or sorority hazing-related deaths stood at 90 – 100.*

*Information compiled by Hank Nuwer


Visit these additional sites to discover what different people are doing to raise awareness and prevent hazing and bullying: 

Stand For the Silent                            Aware, Awake, Alive                              The Gordie Foundation                    Security on Campus With Carson          Hazing Prevention                                  Red Watch Band                            Compelled to Act                                  Hank Nuwer Research   



 * Recognize the signs of hazing

* Talk to your college-bound sons and daughters

* Learn how to intervene and get involved

* Support Good Samaritan laws