Hazing incidents at University of Georgia and San Jose State top news.  (Photo Credit: Google Images)
Hazing incidents at University of Georgia and San Jose State top news.
(Photo Credit: Google Images)

Mike Morris of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that 11 members of the University of Georgia chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. have been charged with hazing for allegedly beating pledges last week as part of their initiation. All but one of the members have turned themselves in at the Clarke County Jail. Most have been booked and released on $2500 bail. Morris reports:

“’We began an investigation after we were provided with information by Student Affairs that someone was possibly injured during a pledge event,’ UGA police Chief Jimmy Williamson told the Banner-Herald.

The alleged incident happened Jan. 27 at the home a fraternity member.

‘There were a number of activities where pledges were being struck by fists,’ Williamson said, adding that while there were some physical injuries, none required medical treatment.”

The University of Georgia is not the only school under the microscope for a hazing incident. San Jose State University in California is under fire for their response to complaints by an African-American pledge attempting to join a mainstream fraternity.

Laila Kearney of Reuters reports:

Authorities said four white students at San Jose State University displayed Nazi imagery and a Confederate flag in their dormitory suite to taunt a black dorm mate and also attempted to hang a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.

The teens barricaded the dorm mate in his room on multiple occasions in harassment that started in early September and continued through mid-October of last year, according to the report.

Three of the teens, Colin Warren, 18, Joseph Bomgardner, 19, and Logan Beaschler, 18, pleaded not guilty in December and January to one count of a misdemeanor hate crime and one count of misdemeanor battery against their 17-year-old dorm mate. A fourth defendant is a minor, and details about his case have not been made public.”

San Jose State University officials are under fire for failing to respond to the incidents until five weeks after the incidents were reported.  The initial incident was reported by the victim’s parents who saw racial slurs written on the boy’s dry-erase board when visiting him. The school maintains that the response time was within university guidelines.

Read more about the alleged hazing incident at the University of Georgia AJC.com.

Read more about the alleged hazing incident at San Jose State University at Reuters.

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