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Sorority Deaths: Stop Dangerous Hazing

September 28, 2002

So the Los Angeles police believe that a bunch of young women were innocently jogging on the beach during late evening and early morning hours and the drowning deaths of Kristin High and Kenitha Saafir had nothing to do with sorority hazing ("Suit Alleges Hazing in Death," Sept. 24). Was the investigation done by a squad of sitcom detectives? An 8-year-old child wouldn't believe that story.

To make it worse, apparently the sorority has taken no responsibility nor has it even contacted the surviving family members to express condolences. There's an organization with the improvement of society at the top of its agenda!

Against this background I'm happy to see the survivors sue the sorority--hopefully into bankruptcy. Maybe this is the type of message that will stop fraternities and sororities from engaging in their stupid and dangerous hazing rituals. We certainly don't need these senseless injuries and deaths.

Ray McKown

Los Angeles

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