The hazing trend continues at universities across the country this year. According to the NY Post, two Syracuse University fraternity members have been charged with hazing for an outdoor hazing stunt that almost cost a pledge four of his fingers due to frostbite.
"If the hazing was from a fraternity, sorority or local chapter of a club, you may also be able to sue the organization if they in any way were aware of hazing in their organization and did not act to ensure their members' safety."- Neal Goldstein, Senior Partner Goldstein and Bashner
Hazing is the practice of rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group.
Types of Hazing That May Result in Serious Injuries
Hazing is seen in many different types of social groups, including gangs, sports teams, schools, military units, and fraternities and sororities. Hazing is often prohibited by law and may comprise either physical or psychological abuse. It may also include nudity and/or sexually based offenses. It is an all-too-common a tradition of college fraternities, sororities, clubs, music groups and sports teams.
According to police, three young men pledging the Nu Alpha Phi fraternity were taken to a city park around midnight Saturday and made to do exercises, including push-ups and crawling in the snow, while not wearing gloves.
Police say after about 30 minutes, the pledges were given hand warmers told to walk back to the frat house. After experiencing extreme pain in his hands one of the pledges sought treatment Sunday at a hospital. Doctors originally told him he may lose his ring and pinkie fingers on both hands because of severe frostbite, but his prognosis has improved. The pledge will require "extensive" physical therapy to maintain use of his ring and pinkie fingers on both hands, but blood is flowing to the fingers, police Lt. Eric Carr said.
Police on Wednesday arrested two frat members and charged them with hazing.
Syracuse University has suspended the fraternity.
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