I’ve recently finished watching “Scream Queens” and absolutely Loved it, honestly can’t wait for the second season!
I’ve always been curious to know what it feels like to be part of a sorority (or confraternity) but mainly always wanted to know what kind of “rituals” pledges have to deal with. I’m pretty sure you are all thinking about the worst kind of stuff we all see in the American movies (or porn), well, sometimes fiction and fantasies is not that far from reality.
Loss of dignity can be expected during the pledge process, but 19-year old Tyler Lawrence ended up losing a testicle, pledges at Wilmington College’s Gamma Phi Gamma house, known as “Gobbler House,” were blindfolded, ordered to strip and “lie on the floor and imitate a swimming action.” They then had “a substance described as being like ‘Icy Hot’ applied to their nipples, back, buttocks and scrotum” and were whipped with towels. Lawrence ended up going to the hospital where his testicle was surgically removed due to “damage caused to him when he was struck by the towel.”
Brittany Sterling, pledged at Zeta Phi Beta sorority, was forced to clean up juice from the floor using her back and act as a trash can for the other girls, taking whatever garbage they had and carrying it in her pockets.
“Our sorority sisters gave all the pledges new earrings by stapling both of their earlobes” wrote an anonymous sorority sister on an message board.
But, sometimes the entire situation could go too far and hazing allegedly turned deadly. In 2011, a 19-year-old sophomore student at Cornell died after he was kidnapped, bound with zip-ties and duct tape, and forced to drink as part of an Sigma Alpha Epsilon hazing ritual, his blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit.
In 2002 students Kristen High and Kenitha Saafir died, a lawsuit filed after their deaths claims that while the girls were pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha, they were required to do hours of exercise and then walk backwards into the ocean. When a wave swept Saafir out to sea, High swum after to help, knowing Saafir couldn’t swim. The rough waves drowned both girls.
Though some schools are aiming to crack down on this type of dangerous behavior, hazing rituals will continue to go unpunished… if they stay secret. Would you respect your vow of secrecy?!
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