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. nepawoods

    So is he in the fraternity now?

    November 12, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Statistics on Aids/HIV on the CDC website. I was suprised on the states with the most infections, but also that 40 and 5 us regions were on there. Aids(New york, 4,799, Florida 4,392, California, 3,760, Texas, 2,652 New Jersey 1,475, Georgia 1.391 Illinois, 1,202, Maryland 1,134, North Carolina, 1,088 and Pennsylvania,917)Why not 50 states? I wonder if some states just do not keep track of it and/or not in the Name/ number like the CDC?
    End of 2008 in US living with HIV infection 1,178,350 aged 13 and older 20% had undiagnosed HIV infections
    50,000 new cases in 2009 -61% in gy or bi men
    Black African american men and women had a rate 7x the rate of whites.
    Among aduls and adolescents totalled 41,845 with 31,872 in males, 9,973 in females, 166 13 years or younger

    November 12, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Franceschini

    None of the fraternity or sorority are Greek. I AM! What you have there is white uneducated mut trash abusing each other like english dogs. I suggest they get their heads checked before traveling.

    November 12, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip the Dread

    @Scottish that really you? (shrug) Anyway, as the good doctor above was saying, don't believe everything a doctor, politician, spiritual leader, etc ad nauseum tells you until you check it out for yourself. Like this: just as NASA got it's start AFTER thousands of devout nazis and their secret rocket facilities were brought back to the USA, the forgotten 'Special Virus Cancer Program' was none other than a continyation of nazi Bayer AG's genetic and parmacology research facilities brought back after the war. The USA became the largest consumer of chimpamzee's on earth back then, not eating them...using them for university studies, but also for this forgotten secret program that ran from 1964-1977 and recieved massive government funding just like area 51 did. We share about 95% of our DNA with primates (apes, monkeys if you prefer). It is in the 5% we don't share where thing run amock, and dreaded diseases are hatched and then a cure is developed by the hatchers and sold to you. Your doktor...(cont)

    November 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DJR

    Banasy, yeah! You guys aren't around any more. I'm Alpha Gamma. Gamma Omega stole our table one time. That's a long way back. Did you hear about that?

    November 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip the Dread

    ...your doctor isn't evil. He's just ignorant of these things as you yourselves are. How many of you even heard of the the CIA's World Factbook, Nazi Bayer AG's corporate concentration camp, the Nazis secret weapons facilities, or the "forgotten" to mention by the experts saying HIV came from apes in Africa 'Special Virus Cancer Program' where gay men living in Manhattan volunteered to be used as guinea pigs, etc ad nauseum...before you heard about them from me? HIV did NOT originate with gay men nor did it come from apes living in Africa. PERIOD. Now, we could argue about this 'Philip v. Banasy' style forever, or you could look into these things for yourself. Thanx for reading this cRazY old mans posts, and pls. excuse my oft times less than adult ways of addressing you. While many of your's emotional growth was amplified by Big-Pharma, mine was stunted by Big-Religia. I'm 17 going on 18 emotionally, trapped inside of an old man's brain that reads and remembers everything...that HE thinks is valuable.(cont)

    November 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pete

    I was reading everything until Banasy's name came up again. Then I stopped.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Guest

    Ever consider Banasy only argues with you when you bring up her family? Huh? Mebbe she agrees with most of what you say! How can people argue when two people AGREE? Huh?

    November 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guest

    "…that HE thinks is valuable." Exactly! That HE thinks is valuable. How about ya quit b1tching at people when they think something ELSE is???

    November 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip the Dread

    "I have seen too much not to KNOW that the impressions of a woman may be [and are in fact] more valuable than the conclusions of an analytical reasoner." said Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle. I KNOW it, but have a hard time showing it. I convert mundame knowledge of secret men into wisdom quite handily, but when it comes to doing this for women, I'm like a 17 year old boy whose father beat the sh!t out of him as his mother watched. Please pardon my acting-out in public ay you lovely elder women. I'm still a bit angry, and anger is expressed hurt. Donna Banas[y] is one of the most beautiful women in the world...raven is right there too, etc ad nauseum. Sorry for using such harsh words. I was just trying to get your attention so that when I finally posed as Dr Alan Cantwell a couple or two of you would actually look into these things. Please do not hold my ignorance of a woman's true beauty agin me. And please don't keep it from you investigating these cRazY things. OK?

    November 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter the Great

    @ nepawoods: they held the official brotherhood initation at his hospital bedside.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Truth

    Half of these little dumbbassess do not belong at University. Fix that to start with..

    What the heck does any of these clubs have to do with getting an education? I say ban them all, and tell these kids to quit F'ing around and get their homework done. We don't send you there to be on MTV spring break all year along you dumbb little fockers.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      You are absolutely right. You don't need to join a S&M party Club to complete University. We need to Ban this ridiculous time-wasting crap, and put them back in the dorms doing their homework.. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY

      November 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip the Dread

    ...and lets not forget Mary Jazz 7, a gal I met here over 6 months ago. She and I have spent literally 100's of hours together even while living over a thousand miles away. No, not that kind of "together". We are in Agape' get your minds out of the gutter. She knows that God would never allow his disobedient children to burn in a man made idea 'Hell', and now I KNOW the true value of a woman.(not just the real reason why that nazi BMW model J-38 found crashed at Roswell, NM has the words "Army of [jewish]Women" written on it, etc. ad nauseum)

    November 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter the Great

    Philip the Dread, I don't think you know what ad nauseum means.
    " Donna Banas[y] is one of the most beautiful women in the world…raven is right there too, etc ad nauseum."

    ad nau·se·am  (d nôz-m)adv. Arguing or making a disgusting or ridiculous degree; to the point of nausea.[Latin]

    That's not saying much for these you mean et al?

    November 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip the Dread

    He come the microbloggers looking like parots on the shoulders of an Big-Media Pirate. Squaaaaaak. Squaaaaaak. he he...hope that Banasy, Raven, etc read my entire thread above and will still chat with me...I'll c-ya 'round. Mary? She's not near as round as before. She eats nothing but fruits and grains 'till noon, and it shows.And that's just step one of 3 easy steps. Some gal's can 2 step and some can even 3 step. Most, like my overly obese sister never get past step 1. 🙂

    November 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
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