Washington and Lee University, located in Lexington, Virginia, has officially suspended one of its fraternities on Wednesday, following an incident involving a taser and a pledging member. According to college officials, one fraternity member used a taser on a pledge. The fraternity in question, Phi Kappa Psi, has now been suspended for three years.
In a statement to the student body, Washington and Lee University president Kenneth Ruscio said no students were seriously injured in the hazing incident while the fraternity was hosting an event at their house. Moreover, the names of the students involved have not been released.
The incident was initially reported by a tipster, leading to Washington and Lee’s public safety department launching an investigation. After a student-led hearing, the Interfraternity Council chose to suspend the chapter for 18 months. However, Ruscio believed this to be an less than adequate punishment. He said this was a clear case of physical abuse and could have easily been more dangerous.
The incident at Washington and Lee was also reported to prosecutors. Though, they have not responded to requests for comments on the matter.
By Alex Lemieux
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