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. Philip the Dread

    @Pistol Pete...read my entire thread beginning with 'CIA World Factbook' and including Dr. Alan Cantwell. Cherry-picking oftentimes has one choking on a bad cherry or two. 🙂

    November 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazz7

    The most valuable gift anyone can give another, is an understanding of God and his word. No one else would reach out like that to me; no one else has give a more meaningful, practical and life saving gift. And finally no one has ever loved me that much. Thank you Philip.

    November 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip and the Huns

    Thanks so much Jazzy. (hug) Hay! I thought you said you needed some away time! lmao. Text me?

    November 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip and the Huns (singing)

    "Spring brings the Rain. With winter comes pain. Every season has an end." I declare our 'season' ended Donna Banas[y] Sufficient for each day is it's own badness. May today shine and reign over yesterday's badness? It takes 2 to Tango, ya know?

    November 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip and the Huns (singing)

    ...kinda ticks me off this line dancing popular among the Rexall Ranger's these days. "I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy". Whatever happened to just getting your belt buckle polished for free? 🙂

    November 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @DJR:
    Oh, you must have been out in Angola then!
    How strange. I was a part of that expedition, actually!
    Around '77, I think.
    (Showing my age)
    Yeah, Gamma Omega is no more. At all.
    Lafayette is inactive, though; maybe they'll make a return.
    Really? The table incident is a legend? Ha! That's good!
    Alpha Gamma came and got it during one of our 'Cave Parties'.
    They stole our banner, I think.
    Lmao! Good times, indeed!

    November 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peter the Great

    @Judge Dread: do you read other responses? Do you ever correct your mistakes? Or do you think people won't notice when you make one even when its pointed out to you? Cuz if I were these girls I would think you think I'm nauseated by them, and I would never talk with you again. Just sayin.

    November 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DJR

    Banasy, yeah, I went to Trine. Yeah, that's just one of the stories about your house. I graduated in 1986, and I'm on the AA now. Man, these kids are different! No values at all. They really should do away with the Greeks, but that won't happen. Heard your toga parties were epic, too. Our were, too!

    November 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Pete...for Pete's sake, I'll alllow your correction. (even though my 'ad nauseum' was directed at my own nauseating way of getting these peoples attention over the past year or so, and as even a child could see, was NOT directed AT them, but FOR them) Anyway, you cheery picked one phrase out of my lengthy posts here on this blog. So, either you agree with everything else I posted, or found what you believe to be an error and pounced on it. What have you to say about Dr. Cantwell? About amoxicillin? About Nazi J-38s? About my referring to Donna as a lovely gal? Or, about how our middle class of educated are disappearing just as our economic middle class. Colleges have the "low" class drugs/seyz/ rock and roller frats, and the 'high class" ultra-indoctrinated. So obvious is this, that your average Ivy League graduate can no longer pass an 8th grade final exam circa 1902. You strain the 'et al' gnat and gulp the 'ad nauseum' camel down, and then chug some more as if a college frat brat does beer through a bong.

    November 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    ...no offense. 🙂

    November 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter the Great

    None taken. Your analogies suck, though.

    November 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter the Great

    Just saying if one part of your posts is wrong, what are the chances of other parts being wrong?
    This is how people think, you know.
    ...No offence. 🙂

    November 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Avser Bastian

    WHITES ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON'T NEED YOU ANY MORE !!!

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    November 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Micki

    Avser, dude, what is UP with you?

    November 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Avser Bastian

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    WHERE NEWS IS TRUTH AND NOT 66 YEARS OLD LIE ATOP OF OTHER LIES !!!

    November 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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