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Amid Alleged Broomstick Hazing Ritual Scandal, Damascus High Principal Resigns, JV Football Coach & Athletic Director Placed on Leave

When a JV high school football team,  thought to be like a family, allegedly commits the tradition of “broomstick” hazing to new teammates, the story is going to draw ongoing negative media attention…

Yesterday, the principal of Damascus High School in Maryland announced her resignation as a result of the alleged October 2018 “broomstick” hazing and rape of junior varsity football team members at the school.

This announcement follows news that the Damascus High’s JV football coach, Vincent Colbert, who was reported as the first school official to know about the attack (and that the school system waited hours to alert police) was placed on leave last month as part of the ongoing investigation…and later last night, a letter to coaches announced that the athletic director was also put on leave.

This heartbreaking news of hazing and sexual assault in high school is reminiscent of the suit School Violence Law & The Fierberg National Law Group filed on behalf of the Ooltewah High School rape victim who was sodomized with a pool-cue by teammates.

Read our first Blog article regarding the Damascus alleged hazing here.

Follow the ongoing coverage at The Washington Post, WTOP  and CBS NEWS.

 

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Ohio University Expels Sigma Pi Chapter after Collin Wiant’s Death

45 Mill Street -- student diedOhio University announced Tuesday that the local chapter of the Sigma Pi fraternity is now permanently “expelled” from campus, for multiple policy violations regarding hazing and alcohol use. This comes after the university’s investigation into Sigma Pi after the death of Collin Wiant.

The fraternity was found, through a preponderance of evidence standard, to have violated 10 different statutes in the Student Code of Conduct that included: Hazing, Alcohol Violations, Controlled Substance/Drug Violation, and Harmful Behavior.

The fraternity chapter appealed the results of the hearing to a university appeal hearing board, as well as to the VP for Student Affairs…but the appeal was denied. #stophazing

Read the redacted Sigma Pi outcome letter Here.

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Three Virginia State University (VSU) Fraternity Members Charged in Alleged Hazing Incident

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Petersburg, Virginia Police have charged 3 Virginia State University (VSU) Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ ) fraternity members in an alleged hazing incident over the weekend on Pocahontas Island. University officials said 8 other students participated in the activity.

Police did not provide the offenses with which the 3 men were charged, but online court records show that one Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member was charged with 10 counts of misdemeanor hazing and was to appear in court Monday morning. No charges were listed for the other two students.

University officials said the 3 students “are being charged with hazing-related criminal offenses,” but did not specify the charges.

The 8 other students who participated in the hazing activity have been referred to the VSU Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action “as a result of student conduct violations.”

VSU officials said the university’s anti-hazing policy “clearly states that every form of hazing to include conspiracy to haze is prohibited.” The university has had several publicized hazing incidents in the past decade.

Read The News & Advance Full Article Here.

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The Kids Are Still Dying – How Do We Prosecute Hazing?

Image result for greek lifeThis school year has included a number of hazing injuries and deaths across the country – in both the K12 schools and on college campuses.

After the recent alleged hazing death of University of Buffalo (UB) student & Sigma Pi pledge, Sebastian Serafin-Bazan,  School Violence Law and The Fierberg National Law Group attorney, Douglas Fierberg, was interviewed for The Buffalo News article regarding his expertise in hazing tragedies.

Unlike the old days when a “Frat Mom” ran the show, most fraternity houses operating today lack adult supervision and instead rely on a management structure that leaves 20- and 21-year-olds in charge, Fierberg said.

“Time and time again, that management structure has failed,” he said. “It’s deadly.”

– Read The Buffalo News Full Article Here.

 

 

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Ohio Student Died at Sigma Pi Fraternity 6 Months Before UB Freshman

When are fraternities going to take the lead and implement steps required to make their operations and chapters safe?

Sadly, Sebastian Serafin-Bazan’s death is not the first incident where a student has died or faced harm at a Sigma Pi fraternity in the past six months.

This past November, freshman Collin Wiant died at Ohio University’s Sigma Pi house after ingesting nitrous oxide – a couple of weeks prior to Wiant’s death, the Sigma Pi chapter at the University of Colorado, Boulder ceased operations after young women claimed they were drugged at the house.

Read the Full Article Here.

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UB Student Involved in Possible Sigma Pi Hazing Incident Has Died

Image result for Sebastian Serafin-Bazan18-year-old University at Buffalo freshman, Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, who was involved in a possible hazing incident last week at a house affiliated with the Sigma Pi fraternity, died today.

Serafin-Bazan had been on life support since Friday evening.

The national Sigma Pi Fraternity has now been involved in three incidents in the past six months……including the tragic death of Ohio University student, Collin Wiant, after an alleged hazing incident.

The entire staff at School Violence Law and The Fierberg National Law group extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan.

Read the USA Today Article Here.

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Potential Hazing Causes SUNY Buffalo to Suspend Fraternity and Sorority Activities

The University at Buffalo has suspended all fraternities and sororities and is investigating a “potential” hazing incident at the Sigma Pi fraternity house that has left a student in critical condition.

An 18-year-old student, Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, ended up in critical condition at an area hospital after going into cardiac arrest.

The national Sigma Pi Fraternity has now been involved in three incidents in the past six months……including the death of Ohio University student, Collin Wiant, after an alleged hazing incident.

The New York Times Full Article Here.

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ODU Suspends Omega Psi Phi for 5 Years After Hazing Investigation

Image result for old dominion universityThe Omega Psi Phi chapter at Old Dominion University has been suspended for 5 years after an investigation showed that hazing resulted in a pledge seeking treatment at a hospital.

Members allegedly beat pledges, made them drink hot sauce, and poured the sauce on their genitals to simulate a sexually transmitted disease.

AP Article Here.

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Former Penn State University fraternity brothers sentenced in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza during a hazing ritual

Most serious charges dismissed in Timothy Piazza hazing death

Former Penn State University fraternity brothers have been sentenced in connection with the 2017 hazing death of Timothy Piazza.

This is the first time jail sentences have been handed out in the case, though there is a possibility a judge may amend the sentences to house arrest, a source familiar with the case said.

CNN Article Here.

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Michael Deng Hazing Death: Court Rules Fraternity & Former National President Liable

The Fierberg National Law Group and School Violence Law just obtained legal finding of liability against the Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. and its former national director, Andy Meng, for the 2013 hazing death of Baruch College student, Michael Deng.

This is a loss for the national fraternity and a win for the cause.

See our Press Release and Breaking News.

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