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New lawsuit filed against Virginia Tech over hazing

ROANOKE (AP) Another former cadet has filed a lawsuit against Virginia Tech over being suspended in connection with a blood-pinning ceremony.

The lawsuit filed May 27 in federal court alleges the university violated the due process rights of Christopher J. Dana when it disciplined him following a student conduct hearing on hazing, The Roanoke Times reported.

In April, three Virginia Tech students sued over the same issue. A dozen cadets were found to have violated the school’s hazing policy in December and suspended over allegations that the military organization held a ceremony where the sharp ends of military pins were stabbed into the chests of underclassmen.

That legal action followed settlement of a separate lawsuit by a former student accused of overseeing the ceremony who also argued he was denied due process.

Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski said in a text message to the newspaper that the school wouldn’t comment on the latest lawsuit because it hadn’t received it.

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