EKU Student Sues Fraternity After Beatings

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Eastern Kentucky University student Brent Whiteside has filed a lawsuit against Kappa Alpha Psi national fraternity over hazing incidents in which he says he was repeatedly beaten.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the suit in Fayette Circuit Court seeks undetermined punitive damages.

Whiteside claims the fraternity had no regard for his health, safety and welfare during the time nearly a year ago when he was a pledge to the local chapter in Richmond.

In his suit, filed Jan. 22, he claims he was beaten for more than a month in early 2008, resulting in his hospitalization for kidney failure.

In a criminal case stemming from the allegations, Thomas Barnes, Alonzo McGill and Gabriel McLaren pleaded guilty last month to fourth-degree assault charges and are under home incarceration.

---Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 4, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    Well, did he pledge or not?
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    How did he get beaten over the period of a month? I can see it happening once, but you'd think that after that he'd be smart enough to just move on. lol. Another silly lawsuit.
  • by lenny Location: Lex on Feb 3, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    I think this kid should have come forward a while ago. I think he is not giving the whole story.
  • by A Location: L on Feb 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    @Mom Location:Ky You right the people that volunteer for this treatment dont have good sense. They also join up so they can mistreat others the same way they were done or to one up each others depravity. Once they make it in they get to haze the future pledges. They should try counter sueing as he knew what he was getting into. Maybe we can get frats banned again and just have college?
  • by KENTUCKY GIRL Location: LEXINGTON , KENTUCKY on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    I DON'T KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN AT ALL BUT I HOPE THAT HE GETS ALL OF THE MONEY THAT HE IS ASKING FOR. ALSO HE SHOULD SUE ALL THREE OF THOSE PUNKS PLUS LET IT BE A LESSON TO ALL OF THEM.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    Who on earth would want to join one of these stupid fraternities, knowing how they have the hazings? It is crazy and they should be punished severely for doing another human like that.

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