According to reports, a 45-year-old D.C. native is suing members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity over hazing practices that forced him to perform domestic duties while only wearing his underwear, and caused internal damage to his bottom that was beat with the organizations signature cane.
This is when we say pledging isn’t for everyone, and some organizations take their pledge process way too far. Smh it’s not looking good for Greek life as of lately.
A D.C. man is suing Kappa Alpha Psi for more than $2 million, claiming he was hazed by a Prince George’s County police officer leading the fraternity’s membership intake for an alumni chapter of the organization earlier this year.
Harry Draughn Jr., 45, alleges he was beaten, smacked with a cane and told to perform tasks in his underwear as a spring 2015 pledge of the Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, according to court documents filed Tuesday morning.
The suit names the fraternity and one of the chapter’s intake chairmen, Jesse Stewart Jr., as defendants and identifies Stewart as a Prince George’s County police officer.
The Prince George’s County Police Department suspended Stewart and launched an investigation upon learning of the allegations, officials said. Stewart is listed as a “2nd Vice Polemarch” on the fraternity’s Web site.
Draughn, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, said he had never joined a fraternity as a student and became interested in the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi for the camaraderie and the group’s commitment to community service.
Draughn said he paid $3,000 to become a member of the group in January but was denied a refund after he complained of the hazing.
During the intake process, Draughn and another potential member of the fraternity were told to take off their pants and socks and “perform tasks around [the defendant’s] house in their underwear,” the suit claims. They were also asked inappropriate personal questions about their sex lives and were told to rub lotion on Stewart’s body, according to the complaint.
Draughn alleges he was beaten as part of the hazing, claiming Stewart smacked him and another pledge “on their bottoms with a cane” in February, the court documents state.
“Since the beating on March 23, 2015, Plaintiff has had to sit on a pillow while driving and is suffering from lower back pain, has not [been] able to sleep, has felt depressed,” the lawsuit states.
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