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Quote of the Day - The league has a zero-tolerance policy on hazing and the league must make a very strong statement against it. Any form of hazing must be eradicated. - Dave Branch, Ontario Hockey League Commissioner

Hazing Lands Two Frat Brothers In Jail For The Next Two Years; Victim With Surgery

Two Florida Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers who hazed a student rushing their fraternity will spend the next two years in prison.  Both were within weeks of graduating Florida's A&M University, one with a degree in engineering and the other in pharmacology.  

Neither will likely be able to obtain licenses to practice those professions, however, now that they've got a felony on their record.  Likewise, they will not be able to vote or legally possess a firearm for the rest of their lives.  After the judge read the verdict, they were led from the courtroom in handcuffs. 

One of the frat brothers beat the student, and he consequently suffered a broken eardrum had to have surgery for bruising.  They hit him with a cane so hard he passed out, and the other frat brother then revived him with water so the student could undergo more punishment, and the second frat brother yelled at the student to buck up and take the punishment.  Despite arguments that the victim was a willing participant, that evidence was disallowed, consistent with the provisions of Florida's anti-hazing law.

Hazing used to be something quite different, but it's not at all like I remember.  This verdict was one of the first under Florida's new law, enacted because a student died from hazing.  Check out Stophazing.org for more information.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, January 28, 2007


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