updated 4/23/2009 12:00:27 PM ET 2009-04-23T16:00:27

Two college students have been arrested over a pledging ceremony where fraternity initiates were burned with a hot World War II-era bayonet, police in New Hampshire said.

Nicholas Weiss, 25, and Kevin Phelps, 22, were each charged with four misdemeanor counts of student hazing this week, Henniker police said.

The two used the heated bayonet to brand at least seven other New England College students at the Sigma Alpha Beta fraternity house last fall.

The seven who were branded were charged in March over a separate ceremony that night.

Police started investigating the case after pledges went to the school infirmary with severe burns to their chests. One had burns to his buttocks.

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