Featured News - Current News - Archived News - News Categories

Nine frat members arrested over hazing incident

by Christopher Suarez - campus talk editor
Wed, Feb 27th 2019 01:00 pm
inhumane 23-year-olds Gayston Thomas Eymard (left), Alexander Joseph Rozas (middle) and Malcolm Richard McNiece (right) were three of the nine men arrested for hazing. The men who are part of the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon in Louisiana State University, would force pledges to stand in glass-covered floors, climb into ice machines and be kicked in the chest with steel boots.
inhumane 23-year-olds Gayston Thomas Eymard (left), Alexander Joseph Rozas (middle) and Malcolm Richard McNiece (right) were three of the nine men arrested for hazing. The men who are part of the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon in Louisiana State University, would force pledges to stand in glass-covered floors, climb into ice machines and be kicked in the chest with steel boots.

Fraternities and sororities are key contributors to a college's social life. They are groups that commonly do good for the community and contribute activities to college students. But since its inception, Greek life has repeatedly made headlines for the wrong reasons. This time is no different, with nine members of a fraternity at Louisiana State University recently being arrested for hazing. The fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, is one of many Greek organizations at the university.

College students are drawn to Greek life in hopes of gaining acceptance and recognition through these organizations. Sometimes, being in college can be overwhelming to students due to the mounting stress from trying to balance the responsibilities of school work and a social life, which accounts for one of the reasons students consider joining fraternities or sororities.

Yet, often times entering these organizations results in dangerous or fatal outcomes for new members. That was the case for many students who tried to pledge the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon of Louisiana State.

According to buzzfeednews.com, the nine members arrested were 23-year-old Charles Eugene Brakenridge, 20-year-old Blake Andrew Chalin, 23-year-old Cade Rain Duckworth, 23-year-old Gaston Thomas Eymard, 22-year-old Shakti P. Gilotra, 19-year-old Joseph Dylan Harkrider, 23-year-old Malcolm Richard McNiece, 23-year-old Alexander Joseph Rozas and 21-year-old Garret Joseph Sanders.

These men are all accused of heinous crimes. According to an affidavit obtained by BuzzFeed News, the men were arrested for extreme hazing. The pledges had to withstand being kicked in the chest with steel boots, beat with metal pipes and made to stand in painful positions for hours.

The abuse did not end there, as the men were also accused of forcing the pledges to “strip down to their underwear and climb into ice machines that were half filled with water and half still frozen ice.” The pledges were forced to stay in those ice machines for 30 to 45 minutes at a time. One of the pledges recounted not wanting to get out of the ice machines because they felt they would have been beat up if they did.

Once they were removed from the ice machines they were made to lie on a basketball court covered in broken glass. While lying on the glass covered floors, the pledges were then “sprayed with a hose, had milk crates thrown at them and urinated on.”

The men responsible for the hazing are facing various charges. Out of all nine men arrested, Cade Rain Duckworth is facing the most charges. Duckworth is facing three felonies for battery and false imprisonment and three charges of criminal hazing. Thomas Eymard, Malcolm Richard McNiece and Shakti P. Gilotra are facing felony charges for battery. The rest of the men are facing misdemeanor charges for criminal hazing.

This is not the first incident that has occurred at the university. Two years ago, in 2017, a student attempting to pledge the fraternity Phi Delta Theta died of alcohol poisoning. The student, 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, was one of many others who lost their life due to hazing, in the U.S.

This is becoming an epidemic across the country. Multiple students are losing their lives or being seriously injured at the hands of these sororities and fraternities. Colleges and universities need to address the issue before we start losing more students.

It is a shame that this is occurring. There are many fraternities and sororities that do not deserve to have a negative reputation associated with their organization.

There are organizations across the country who do a lot of good for the community and instead of bringing down other people, they uplift them and make sure they better themselves. Incidents like this will now put a label on those organizations, and people who do not understand Greek life will judge all of them based on what occurred in this incident.

The actions of the nine men will now tarnish the reputation of Delta Kappa Epsilon across the country. Louisiana State University needs to act quickly and suspend Greek life to avoid any further incidents.

Greek life can be very influential and positive for the community, it is a shame that this is now going to further damage the image of "Greeks" everywhere.

 

Photo of the Week

Author List