The news published 02/15/2019
Nine members of Delta Kappa Epsilon, Louisiana State University, were arrested on Thursday on hazing-related charges that included ordering pledges to lie in piles of broken glass, kicking pledges with steel-toed boots and urinating on them.
The arrested men are Cade Duckworth, 23, Gaston Eymard, 23, Shakti Gilotra, 22, Malcolm McNiece, 23, Charles Brakenridge, 23, Blake Chalin, 20, Joseph Harkrider, 19, Alexander Rozas, 23, and Garrett Sanders, 21.
As Louisiana State University toughened its approach to hazing incidents after last year a pledge in a fraternity drinking ritual died, the arrested students’ charges range from misdemeanor hazing to felony second-degree battery and false imprisonment.
University spokes Jason Droddy said in his statement, that such behavior is unacceptable and does not belong to the university.
According to arrest warrants, fraternity members forced pledges to submerge themselves in an ice machine in underwear, made them lie in piles of broken glass, urinated on them, poured gasoline on them, attempted to extinguish cigarettes on them and beat them with a metal pipe. It was determined by the police that many hazing incidents occurred throughout the fall 2018 semester.
It has not been revealed whether the men have lawyers to represent them.
“This is a sad day for the university, but one that illustrates the cultural shift occurring at Louisiana State University,” Droddy said. “The quick action by the national DKE organization by revoking the chapter’s charter and the cooperation of several witnesses in this investigation demonstrate a growing recognition that hazing and other harmful activities cannot be tolerated.”