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Curry case settled: Alpha Phi Alpha

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The Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2007
SMU fraternity pledge settles suit in ’03 hazing
By Michael Grabell
A Southern Methodist University fraternity pledge who nearly died in a 2003 hazing
incident has settled his lawsuit with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, a judge ruled
Braylon Curry sued the historically black fraternity and several members after being
forced to chug gallons of water until he collapsed and nearly drowned in his own vomit.
Settlement details are confidential and weren’t released.
“He feels like he has justice,” said his attorney, Mary Alice McLarty. “He was almost
killed, and somebody was held accountable.”
One fraternity member received 10 years’ probation last year; others charged with
aggravated assault are awaiting trial.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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