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Duke hazing update–Alpha Delta Phi pledge claims seizures

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A Duke University student who claims he needed hospital care after a hazing incident during a fraternity event plans to file a complaint before a magistrate.

Student Daniel Klufas, of Easton, Conn., and his family have hired a lawyer and private investigator since the incident.

“Nobody else is willing to come forward to say anything except for me,” Klufas said.

On April 25, Klufas said brothers in Alpha Delta Phi, the fraternity he was pledging, made him take off his clothes while they threw cold water on him, according to attorney, Stephan E. Seeger of Stamford, Conn.

“It resulted in me having seizures, going into shock, hyperventilating,” Klufas said.

Klufas said the incident caused him to end up at Duke Hospital for treatment.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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