Thursday, January 28, 2010

6 Sorority Members Arrested


For seven nights the beatings went on, she said. In all, she was struck 201 times. On the eighth day — unable to sit, her buttocks covered with blood clots and welts — she went to the hospital. Then she reported it to the university.

Today, Rutgers police said they had arrested six members of the Rutgers chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority on charges of aggravated hazing, alleging they repeatedly beat at least three pledges between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25.

The university immediately suspended the chapter , as did the sorority’s national organization, headquartered in North Carolina.

As a member of a fraternity, I am offended that any adult could engage in such behavior. How does beating someone 201 times make that person a "Better sister"?

The young pledge said she was told the beatings would "humble" her, that each flesh-rending strike with a wooden paddle would build love and trust between sorority sisters.

Beat me 201 times and I will not trust you. I will not love you. I will want to kick your ass.