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Hazed and Confused. And Dead.

If you played sports, joined a fraternity/sorority or virtually any other organization, you've probably experienced hazing in one form or another. California has an anti-hazing law, as do a host of other states.

Florida is the latest to add an anti-hazing law. Unfortunately, it took another death for the law to get enacted.

Why?

In the spirit of full disclosure, I got hazed as a young frosh on my football team, a swab at the Coast Guard Academy, and while rushing my fraternity (note here: all now have anti-hazing policies) and did my share of hazing, too. But no one got physically hurt - when I got hazed or when I "dished" it out. I understand now that not everyone comes through the experience the same way, though.

If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota or Wyoming, you may want to get in touch with your legislator. There are no hazing laws in these states. Check Stophazing.org for more information.

After being hazed and doing some hazing, however, I learned how to be a True Gentleman. Maybe it's catching.

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