Lawmakers Press For Answers On Hazing In Military

By: AP
By: AP
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are pressing for hearings on the military's efforts to prevent hazing in the ranks. For one lawmaker, the issue is highly personal.

California Rep. Judy Chu's nephew killed himself in Afghanistan after hours of beatings, repeated pushups and mouthfuls of sand. Three Marines allegedly punished Lance Cpl. Harry Lew after he was caught sleeping on duty.

This week, a judge ruled that one of the three should spend 30 days in jail and have his rank reduced to private. The judge found no evidence the abuse led to the suicide.

Chu and several lawmakers said at a news conference that Pentagon leaders must make eliminating hazing a top priority and "stop pretending there is no problem." On speaker phone from California, Lew's mother Sandy read a statement.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 138632584 -
Gray Television, Inc.