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18 Belgian students were found guilty of participating in a fatal hazing ritual

In August 2020, 18 Belgian students were found guilty for their role in a deadly hazing ritual. The incident, which occurred in 2018, resulted in the death of one student after he was forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. The student was declared dead after participating in a drinking contest—a practice known as “tuitudes” in the town where it occurred. The 18 students were found guilty of manslaughter, among other charges, and sentenced to various punishments ranging from house arrest, community service, and fines. The incident gained widespread attention in Belgium, and sparked a national debate on the issue of hazing and its potential consequences.