NH Frat Brands Pledges With Bayonet

Police try to be 'fair' on executors of long-held tradition
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 11:51 AM CDT
NH Frat Brands Pledges With Bayonet
Students head to class at New England College in Henniker, N.H., where several fraternity brothers were involved in branding pledges with a bayonet.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Two men face misdemeanor hazing charges for branding fraternity pledges at a New Hampshire college with a World War II bayonet, the Concord Monitor reports. Authorities began investigating the hazing after four students sought burn treatment at New England College's infirmary. Six of the seven pledges involved had 7-inch burn marks across their chests, and one had burns on his buttocks.

"We're trying to be fundamentally fair" in the charges, said the Henniker, NH, police chief, who is expecting one more suspect to turn himself in. "This tradition goes back at least a couple of decades."
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