Students Charged With Hazing

Monday, March 12th 2007, 3:32 pm
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Six members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Oklahoma State University were charged Monday with beating pledges with paddles, injuring one man so severely he will require plastic surgery to replace missing skin. Payne County District Attorney Robert Hudson said the charge is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 90 days in the county jail.

Charged were Corrion Q. Cox, 22; Lyall Storandt, 22; Jason D. Taylor, 22; Mitchell McCowan, 21; Michael D. Combs, 20, and Joshua D. Goree, 23.

Court records showed the six beat a pledge with paddles at meetings between Jan. 23 and Feb. 11 and forced him to do calisthenics and other activities that subjected him to mental stress.

Stillwater police said one pledge's injuries were so severe that bare muscle was exposed on one of his buttocks and he will need plastic surgery to replace the missing skin.

Hudson said it is the first case of hazing he has prosecuted since hazing was banned in Oklahoma in 1990.

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