Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Bowie State University is in some deep trouble. A student, Kevin Hayes, is suing the fraternity for $3 million. He claims he was hazed by the fraternity members, off campus, and it took place between September 2013 to November 2013. Hayes issued a statement regarding the allegations:
“It broke me down. It’s something I never felt before. Something must happen so no one else has to deal with these issues.”
One night, Hayes says an older fraternity member went through his phone and found a photo someone took of Hayes’ injuries.
“They began to say you’re a snitch; you’re always talking. We are going to blackball you. They began to ostracize me” Hayes said.
In the lawsuit, Hayes claims that nights of pledging could last five to eight hours, where he was “punched, hit, paddled, and slapped.”
His attorney, Jimmy Bell, said “They have a duty under Maryland law to make him safe. This type of stuff, it kills people and it needs to stop.”
In a statement, fraternity officials said, “Any member found violating the fraternity anti-hazing policy will be immediately suspended with recommendation for expulsion.”
Bowie State University released a statement on the hazing allegations:
“Bowie State University has a stringent anti-hazing policy that is coupled with a strong anti-hazing education program. The university considers hazing to be indefensible and contrary to the interest of the university community.”