Four Men Charged for Hazing Deaths at Virginia State

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that four men have been charged “with hazing in connection with a initiation ritual over the weekend that led to the apparent drowning deaths of two VSU freshmen in the Appomattox River” over the weekend. One body was recovered on Monday, and officials continue to search for the other victim.

Two of the men are VSU students, aged 19 & 26, and the two men who drowned were Virginia State University freshmen, both 19. They were in the last stage of initiation into a group called “Men of Honor,” an unsanctioned club. The other two men are identified as being 29 and 35 years old.

Update  – As Hank Nuwer points out, this incident is reminiscent of the drowning of two Virginia State College students in March 1979.

Google News has scanned archives of the Free Lance-Star newspaper, with two articles from 1979. Click here and here for the articles.

UpdateThe Christian Science Monitor has a story on student hazing deaths, with a focus on the Virginia State case. A source told that the group involved in this incident “Men of Honor” is just a scam focused on parties and money. The Huffington Post also has some additional information.

Update – Three recent articles:

Update – An opinion piece from Michael Paul Williams of the Times Dispatch posted on April 28th, “Hazing incidents weigh heavily on VSU.”

May 3Comments from the Williams family (Daily Press).

May 7VSU standing by its zero tolerance of hazing (Times Dispatch)


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One Response to Four Men Charged for Hazing Deaths at Virginia State

  1. Pingback: Miscellany: Virginia State, Va Tech/Sig Ep, New Mexico/SAE, ATO Foundation | Fraternal Squib

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