Police in Vermont are investigating allegations of hazing involving the women’s rugby team at Norwich University

Police in Vermont are investigating allegations of hazing involving the women’s rugby team at Norwich University. Multiple law enforcement agencies went to a residence hall at the private military school in Northfield on Friday to collect evidence. Northfield police Chief John Helfant confirmed via email that the police activity was connected to the investigation into allegations of hazing involving “branding and waterboarding of and by NU students.” Northfield Officer Karie Tucker said in an affidavit that she went to the school 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. After getting permission, Tucker looked at the victim’s cellphone and saw what she described as a video of another woman with a washcloth, or something similar, held over her face while a third woman poured liquid onto the cloth, something Tucker described as “waterboarding.”

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