Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Serious Paddling at Oklahoma State's Alpha Phi Alpha Will Bring Arrests

OSU Frat Hazing Charges Expected

As reported by The Frat Boy News and the Tulsa World:

A prosecutor said Monday he expects to file hazing charges against as many as six members of the Oklahoma State University chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity amid allegations that members beat pledges.

One pledge was beaten so badly that he went to an emergency room and was later advised by medical personnel to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon, police said. The chapter has already been shut down by its national organization.

"When you have a young man hazed to the extent that he's going to have to have plastic surgery, that's crossing the line," District Attorney Rob Hudson said.

The prosecutor said his office received a report on Friday from police on allegations that several pledges of Alpha Phi Alpha had been hazed by being hit with wooden paddles.

The pledge reportedly told police that from Jan. 22 to Feb. 10, he attended "set" meetings, held five or six nights a week, at which pledges received physical "punishment" for failure to recall information about the fraternity, the affidavit said. He also took the "punishment" for another pledge who had "some kind of medical condition and couldn't take these paddlings," said a police officer.

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