A horrific night of hazing at Wilmington College in Ohio has left one pledge with one less testicle and a fraternity under investigation.
Believe it or not, the pledge in question is being a rather good sport about the whole affair – saying the recent incident was an accident – and while that is probably true, a description of the alleged hazing is cringeworthy and has authorities very upset.
The Smoking Gun obtained a copy of a search warrant affidavit and reports:
The basement of the (Gamma Phi Gamma frat) house contained about three inches of water and the pledges were ordered to “lie on the floor and imitate a swimming action.” They were then directed to “strip completely nude except for the blindfold” and had “a substance described as being like ‘Icy Hot’ applied to their nipples, back, buttocks and scrotum.”
After having limburger cheese stuffed in their mouths, the pledges were each given a “ball of stuffing” and ordered to “simulate having sexual intercourse with it.” …
The pledges were then hit with “towels and shirts that had the ends balled up in knots” or which had “items tied inside them to inflict pain.” (The pledge), 19, was struck in the testicles with “a towel fashioned as a weapon,” according to an affidavit sworn by Wilmington Police Department Detective Brian Kratzer.
He “went to the ground immediately in pain and was clutching himself in the groin.” Frat members eventually got him to his feet so they could conclude the hazing by stuffing vinegar-soaked bananas into the mouths of the three men (who were told the item was “poop or sh*t”).
After the initiation, (the pledge) complained of significant pain in his testicles. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery to have a testicle removed as a result of “damage caused to him when he was struck by the towel.” Detective Kratzer also noted that he had “large bruising and contusions upon much of his upper torso resulting from being struck during the initiation.”