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6 Norwich students implicated in hazing incident

Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 2:15 PM EDT
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NORTHFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) - Authorities say six Norwich University students are being ticketed for hazing and three of them are facing criminal charges connected to hazing on the women’s rugby team last month.

The charges stem from an incident on March 20th at the private military school and include allegations of branding and waterboarding.

Northfield Police Friday said three students were cited into Washington Superior Court for criminal charges. Bryana Pena, 22, is charged with simple assault and Amanda Lodi, 22, is charged with reckless endangerment. They say a third 21-year-old student is not being identified because she is a youthful offender and will appear in family court.

The police also ticketed all six students for hazing, a civil penalty that carries fines of between $1,000 and $5,000.

Northfield Officer Karie Tucker said in an affidavit that she went to Norwich on March 20 for a report of someone being held at knifepoint. Tucker said she spoke to the woman two days later and that person reported that she had been “branded” using pliers and a lighter by other members of the rugby team. The victim said she was too intoxicated to say no and would not have agreed to be branded had she been sober.

A spokesperson for the university tells the AP that the school is cooperating with law enforcement.

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