Despite Laws and Prevention Efforts, Hazing Continues

Another failure of prohibition people can't get their heads around


After the beating death a year ago of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, Champion's parents did what other parents have done when faced with a similar loss.

They grieved. They sued. They started a non-profit foundation as a memorial to their son. Its mission: to "eradicate hazing nationwide."

They have their work cut out for them. Their son's death may have heightened the nation's awareness of the dangers and pervasiveness of college hazing, but it hasn't stopped risky behavior among students:

Police are investigating whether a Fresno (Calif.) State University student who died in August was participating in an alcohol-infused fraternity initiation.