OU spirit group's pledge program suspended after reported hazing incident

Wednesday, October 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- The pledge program for a University of Oklahoma spirit group has been suspended after a reported hazing incident, university officials said Tuesday.

The Ruf-Nek Lil' Sis organization is perhaps best known for its members riding the Sooner Schooner during OU football games, but police said the group's pledge event -- known as "Paddle Night" -- took a dangerous turn over the weekend.

Police in Norman were called to a residence where they found Wekota Vancile, 18, nearly unconscious in a bathroom.

Police said they were told Vancile and two other female students were drinking alcohol as part of "Paddle Night."

Police said Vancile, Melissa Fox, 20, and Amanda Montalvo, 18, were driven to several locations where they were made to drink alcohol.

The women later were taken to the Lloyd Noble Center, police said, and one of the women called a friend to pick them up.

Police and paramedics were called after the students got to a friend's house.