Hazing News

Fraternity member pays half-million to parents of hazing victim

This is the first defendent to settle a suit with Mr. and Mrs. Starkey


The parents of a Cal Poly student who died during a fraternity hazing agreed to a $500,000 settlement with a former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member
Carson Starkey, 18, from Austin, Texas, died of alcohol poisoning after a Sigma Alpha Epsilon initiation event. Starkey had a blood alcohol of between 0.39 and 0.44.

Haithem Ibrahim, 21, is the first defendant to agree to a settlement.

Scott and Julia Starkey are suing the fraternity and eight additional fraternity members for their alleged involvement in their son’s hazing death.

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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