WASHINGTON – With the recent deaths of two Virginia State University students, the spotlight is on hazing and what schools are doing to combat it.
The two students drowned last week in Chesterfield, Va. in what police call a hazing-related incident. The Huffington post reports police have arrested three men and are looking for a fourth. All of the men are connected with the “Men of Honor,” a social group not affiliated with the school.
The group HazingPrevention.org reports 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing.
They note that as of Feb. 12, 2010, “the number of recorded hazing/pledging/rushing-related deaths in fraternities and sororities stands at 96 – 90 males and 6 females.”
All of the D.C. area colleges have tough rules against hazing:
Hazing policies at area schools don’t allow defense even if the victim consented.
WTOP’s Dick Uliano contributed to this report.
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