Treat Frat Hazing As the Crime It Is

An editorial from The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register       

WHEELING, W.Va. — Hazing that involves physical abuse of people being initiated into clubs, fraternities and other groups remains far too common, especially on college campuses. It needs to be seen for what it is: criminal assault.

Law enforcement officials in Monongalia County feel that way. This week, two men involved in hazing at a West Virginia University fraternity were sentenced to jail.

Three men – one from Morgantown, another from California and the third from New Jersey – had been charged in connection with a hazing situation at a WVU fraternity last November. A 19-year-old man was injured…

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