Drunken Students brand themselves

29 October 2009

Fifteen University of Exeter students have been warned they will have permanent scar tissue after branding their chests with the initials of their halls of residence. Following a house party last month, the group heated reshaped coat hangers on a stove, and then held them against their skin for 10 seconds. Three of the students have been given antibiotics to combat infection. Exepose, Exeter’s student newspaper, reported that those involved were not coerced, although large amounts of alcohol were consumed by the group. A spokeswoman for the university told the BBC: “this is the first incident of its kind, and it is not one we would condone.”