Twenty-one college students at a college in New York had been charged with hazing pledges of the Pi Alpha Nu fraternity by making them drink alcohol, forcing them to devour meals off the ground and urinating and vomiting on them, in accordance with reviews.
Authorities mentioned campus police on the State University of New York at Plattsburgh obtained discover Sept. 29 that Pi Alpha Nu fraternity pledges had confronted humiliating and abusive conduct that concerned being struck on the bad with a paddle. The alleged abuse was mentioned to have occurred off-campus in February and September, in accordance with college police. SUNY Plattsburgh suspended additional exercise on the fraternity within the wake of the allegations, whereas the varsity performed a joint probe with the Plattsburgh City Police and the Clinton County District Attorney’s workplace to find out prices.
Charges leveled towards the scholars included legal nuisance within the second diploma, hazing within the first diploma and unlawfully coping with a baby, which pertains to offering alcohol to minors below 21, in accordance with state officers. Six former Plattsburg college students had been additionally anticipated to be charged, in accordance with NBC News.
“We will not tolerate hazing in any form and University Police is working closely with the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute this matter criminally,” mentioned SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling in a press release. “We will continue to raise awareness and create a culture where these types of behaviors are not present.”
One Pi Alpha Nu pledge advised police of the alleged abuse he confronted.
“After a while, the pain got so bad I felt like I was going into shock,” the unidentified 19-year-old school pupil advised SUNY Plattsburgh University Police, in accordance with the Press-Republican. “One of the brothers hit me so hard that my knees buckled and I had to be held up.”
Another pledge claimed that he and a pupil had been compelled to chug containers of water, wine and white vinegar, which induced vomiting.
“The puke was all over our legs and feet because we weren’t allowed to move and we were kneeling,” the unidentified 19-year-old claimed.
The incident comes not lengthy after authorities introduced a transfer to reinstate a lot of the dismissed prices towards 11 fraternity members for actions badociated to the dying of sophomore pledge Tim Piazza at Penn State University earlier this yr.
Plattsburg has reportedly suspended the fraternity and preliminary court docket dates for the scholars are set for November, the Associated Press reported. A separate campus authorized course of has began concerning the way forward for the fraternity and the enrollment standing of present members.
Over two dozen school college students had been charged with hazing frat pledges with urine and different bodily excrement. Students are pictured on Jan. 13, 2003 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Getty Images