IN THE NEWS: Sorority Hazing Scandal
Back to the headlines, the latest hazing story In The News comes from the University of Maryland. Maybe I’m just naive, but isn’t the bulk load of hazing supposed to come from fraternities? I don’t know whether to love or hate this. Long story short, a few sisters whipped out the paddle on a new initiate. Three girls, one paddle? Not so sexy with reports of punching and choking. Check out the video and news article after the jump…
An alleged hazing incident involving the Zeta Phi Beta sorority at the University of Maryland has rocked the campus.
A 22-year-old pledge has alleged that Zeta Phi Beta sorority sisters took her off campus and punched, choked and beat her with a wooden paddle.
She was told it was part of a hazing ritual. But she didn’t accept it.
The pledge reported the alleged incident to authorities and now seven sorority sisters are facing charges of felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor hazing.
According to court records, the seven charged are: Amber Bijou, 22; Bridget Blount, 24; Montressa Hammond, 24; Kandyce Jackson, 23; Tymesha Pendleton, 26; Zakiya Shivers, 26; and Monika Young, 23.
Four of the seven sorority sisters appeared in court Thursday. Several of the women charged were given an April 1 court date.
Two of the defendants — Bridget Blount, 24, and Zakiya Shivers, 26 — failed to appear in court Thursday morning and warrants were issued for their arrests.
It was unclear if their absence was intentional or accidental.
At least one defendant who was not scheduled to be arraigned Thursday appeared in court and was arraigned.
The lawyer for Pendleton said his client, who will soon earn a masters degree and begin pursuing a Ph. D, is innocent.
“The idea of hazing is abhorrent to her, something she does not subscribe to in any way,” said attorney James Papirmeister. “What happened to the alleged victim we’re not sure I know she did not do it.”
Even though the sorority doesn’t have a traditional sorority house, they are a national organization. It’s been at Maryland for 30 years.
You have to love the comment at the bottom of the news article website… an anonymous reader posted: “I wish someone would try this on my sister”. Interesting…
It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.