November 11th, 2011
07:34 PM ET

Police: Fraternity pledge severely injured in paddling; 9 arrested

Nine South Carolina college fraternity members were arrested this week on hazing charges, accused of beating and severely injuring a pledge with a paddle, authorities said.

The victim, a Francis Marion University student who was pledging Phi Beta Sigma, was paddled at an off-campus residence on October 23 “to such an extent as to have resulted in serious bodily injury” requiring hospitalization, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

CNN affiliate WBTW, citing investigators, reported that the victim suffered temporary injuries to his kidneys.

Florence County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Nunn told CNN that his office wasn’t releasing details of the student’s injuries, but he said the student had “an extended hospital stay.”

The suspects - three Francis Marion students and six alumni, according to WBTW - were charged with hazing, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to a year in jail.

The suspects appeared before a Florence County magistrate and have been released on $5,000 personal recognizance bonds, the sheriff’s office said.

“The arrest warrants allege that the suspects, each individually and collectively, committed the hazing by intentionally inflicting physical harm upon the victim in order for the victim to gain admission to the fraternity,” the sheriff’s office release said.

Nunn said the hospital treating the injured student contacted the sheriff’s office, triggering the office’s investigation.

Jimmy Hammock, international president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., said the fraternity’s headquarters has suspended the Francis Marion chapter.

“Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. takes any form of reported hazing very seriously,” Hammock said. “Hazing has not and does not represent the tradition and principles of the 97-year history of our fraternity.

“Specifically pertaining to the unfortunate injury of the Francis Marion student, the fraternity has and will continue to work closely with the campus officials and the local police concerning this situation.”

The university did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

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  1. DJR

    Oh yeah, this kind of stuff happens all the time. We had to make our own pledge paddles and then we'd get paddled with it. Good times. Yeah, good times. Phi Kappa Theta rules!

    November 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      When are you going to ban these sicko clubs of drunks teenagers??? Seriously what the hell does this stuff have to do with Education? Or getting an Education? Maybe about getting drunk, crunked, f'ed.. but that is all.

      GROW THE F UP!! PPL!!!

      November 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dr.RUFFNUTT

    they paddeled that azz...

    November 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CIA World Fact Book 2011

    The Central Inteligence Agency publishes a World Factbook used by the governemnt and by acedemic researches as a primary source for statistics concerning the spread of HIV worldwide. (cont)

    November 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DJR

    Oh man, that scary HIV dude is back. Laterz!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pollute-A-Blog With Phil


    November 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pollute-A-Blog With Phil


    November 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dr.RUFFNUTT

    the wernt paddleing him "in" da azz... just on it..

    November 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Er..what does this have to do with frats? Are you trying to link HIV with frats?

    November 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eddy

    Does this dude take it in the ass?

    November 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dr.RUFFNUTT

    maybe it was farts and not frats..?

    November 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CIA World Fact Book 2011 pg.5

    As of 2009, HIV is spreading 6 times faster in the USA than in China. (2009 stats are the latest avaiable, and are the lastest year available in the 2011 World Fact Book published by the CIA, a worldwide organization with domestic affairs divisions located in over 130 countries. The CIA's Domestic Affairs Div. for the USA was moved to Denver, Colorado in 2006 as a more centralized location for keeping vital stats like whom and how many have aquired HIV, whom and how many have defrauded the United States of America and her honest citizens)

    November 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eddy

    ??? Tinfoil time?

    November 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eddy

    Oh bullsh1t. Clicked on this link because it said frat, and get treated to some wackjob talking bullsh1t. W t f CNN?? Where's a moderater?

    November 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eddy

    CIA keeping tabs on wackjobs? Cuz you gotta be on the list!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
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