New York Woman Suing Cornell Frat For $25 Million: Hazing Killed My Son
Marie Lourdes André believes that a fraternity at Cornell University is responsible for her son’s passing and is suing them for $25 million.
George Desdunes was a 19-year-old student from Brooklyn, New York attending Cornell that died as a result of a Sigma Alpha Epsilon hazing.
Desdunes was already a member of the frat but because he failed to answer questions correctly during a quizzing session was still subject to the hazing ceremony that led to his death on February 25th.
He was kidnapped by fraternity pledges who bound his wrists and ankles with zip ties and duct tape, then forced him to drink until he passed out, according to the suit.
An autopsy showed Mr. Desdunes had a blood-alcohol level of 0.409 percent and it was also reported that a pledge tampered with the crime scene by taking off the ties and plastic before police arrived.
The frat’s chapter has been shut down at the university and four former members of the organization pleaded not guilty “after a grand jury indicted them on misdemeanor charges of first-degree hazing and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child.”
In a statement, Tommy Bruce, a spokesman for Cornell, said the university “neither condones nor tolerates hazing or the type of activities that we understand contributed to George’s death.”
Too bad their policies were ignored.