On the afternoon of September 16, 2004, a joyous 18-year-old, Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., pledged Chi Psi Fraternity at the University of Colorado. The next morning he was found dead, a victim of an irresponsible hazing ritual involving alcohol. So sad a situation, but made even worse because it was so preventable.
Every year, a staggering 1,700 college students face the same fate. Close to another 100,000 are victims of sexual assault as a result of heavy drinking. No one is working on a national level to change this culture that puts our young people in peril. Until now.
HAZE is a feature documentary, created with the intent of placing a focus on the issues of binge drinking, alcohol laden hazing rituals, and rapid fire drinking games … all so common in a campus environment. Simply stated, the film’s goal is to save lives and prevent the harm that should never have happened if a few crucial steps had been followed by friends, fraternity brothers / sisters, parents or passers by. HAZE won’t stop irresponsible drinking but it will be the first chapters in an educational process for parents and young adults to know what to do and what to look out for to “save a life.”