Courts: Ban the Bomb

They told him to hold his hands above his head and keep them there. Eight boys then administered "the atomic bomb" — some slugged him in the stomach while others repeatedly punched him in the back. It was not a mugging.

It was "hell night" initiation last April for the Omega Gamma Delta fraternity of Oceanside High School on Long Island. Not surprisingly, the bomb had a predictable effect on Ninth-Grader Michael Kalogris, then 14. He collapsed with what doctors at first feared was a ruptured spleen.

After Michael spent three weeks in a hospital recovering from other internal injuries, a...

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