7 College Students Arrested for Hazing, Allegedly Forced Pledges to Eat Mud and Garbage
Seven college students in upstate New York have been arrested for the alleged hazing of four students who wanted to pledge their sorority, according to reports.
Police said the group allegedly blindfolded the students, forced them to eat mud and garbage and poured foul-smelling liquids on the bunch, sending one of the girls to the hospital.
Police reportedly arrived at the off-campus sorority house at the University at Albany, Alpha Omicron Pi, on a noise complaint call on Thursday morning.
According to Pix11, one of the victims told police the students made her to get on the ground and forced her to eat what appeared to be mud while pouring rotten milk and eggs, mold-covered food and a liquid that smelled like urine onto her face.
Another student told CBSNewYork that she dropped out of the sorority because of the abuse.
“They would say like ‘you’re worthless,’ or ‘you’re a stupid [expletive].' Some of us got stepped on and they’re all wearing heels,” the student told the station.
The seven students arrested were 19-year-old Katrina Bergvoy, 19-year-old Heaven Guanco, 19-year-old Monica Vitagliano, 20-year-old of Tereyza Martin, 21-year-old Chinzao Ezekwem and 21-year-old Jessica Raynor.
Each was charged with one count of first degree hazing and one count of second degree hazing, according to reports.
“Hazing is not only dangerous — it’s against the law,” Albany Police Officer Steve Smith told CBS.
A spokesperson for the university reportedly said the sorority is not recognized by the school or the national Alpha Omicron Pi organization and hazing is not tolerated.
A national spokesperson for the international Greek organization also said they shut down their Albany chapter two years ago, according to reports.