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 – The Christian Science Monitor has a story on student hazing deaths, with a focus on the Virginia State case. A source told wtkr.com 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:
- VSU deaths illustrate challenge for schools (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Some ‘Men of Honor’ charged with VSU hazing have criminal backgrounds (WTKR.com)
- Expert: Lengthy jail time not likely for VSU hazing death charges (WTKR.com)
Update – An opinion piece from Michael Paul Williams of the Times Dispatch posted on April 28th, “Hazing incidents weigh heavily on VSU.”
May 3 – Comments from the Williams family (Daily Press).
May 7 – VSU standing by its zero tolerance of hazing (Times Dispatch)