Prevent Hazing & Save Lives

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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. 
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