Hazing News

Cliffaluion Deonte Bradley charged. Kappa Alpha Psi. A close call.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Tech University tossed a small fraternity from campus Wednesday following a student’s arrest on a battery charge for alleged hazing that left a student hospitalized for weeks.

The school yanked the charter of the Pi-Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, saying the organization violated the Russellville campus’ rule against hazing.

The administration acted after Tuesday’s arrest of Cliffaluion Deonte Bradley, 22, of Russellville on a second-degree battery charge. Bradley remained incarcerated on a $20,000 bond Wednesday, according to the Pope County Jail. He has a Sept. 24 court date. Jail records didn’t list an attorney for him.

Arrest warrants were issued for three other suspects, and state police spokesman Bill Sadler said officers were seeking the men.

The university said Bradley, a football player, was the only student among the accused. He’s been suspended from the football team. Officials didn’t explain why nonstudents were allegedly involved in the incident.

Prosecutor David Gibbons‘ office released an arrest affidavit that described the victim being taken from his apartment by a group of young men who put a hooded sweatshirt on the victim so it covered his eyes.

They took him to a home with an enclosed garage, where the victim said “he began being hit with wooden paddles and wooden canes by several individuals,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said the victim was able to identify his alleged attackers in photo lineups.

The day after the beating, the victim’s girlfriend took him to University Hospital in Little Rock, where he was placed in the critical care unit. He remained in the hospital for several weeks.

The affidavit said the victim “remembered the doctors telling him his kidneys were not working properly and that fluid was building up in his lungs. During his stay at the hospital, his condition worsened to the point he was placed in a (medically induced coma) for approximately one week.”

The document notes that the victim understood there would be an initiation into the fraternity.

“He did not, however, know that the beating would be so severe,” the affidavit states.

Gibbons’ office on Tuesday filed second-degree battery charges against Bradley, Calvin Williams of Conway, and Klyantel Summons and Stephen Bender, both of Little Rock. Working phone numbers for the at-large suspects couldn’t be located.

Gibbons wasn’t in his office Wednesday and couldn’t be reached for comment.

The university said it suspended the Pi-Upsilon chapter in April after the hazing allegations were raised.

“Arkansas Tech University has a zero tolerance policy for hazing rituals,” Vice President for Student Services Susie Nicholson said in a news release. “Students involved in, encouraging, aiding and or assisting in hazing or hazing related activities are subject to a conduct review resulting in possible suspension or expulsion from the university.”

The university said the Pi-Upsilon chapter had three active members at Arkansas Tech at the time of the alleged beating.

Conviction on a second-degree battery charge carries a prison sentence of up to six years and a fine up to $10,000.

Bradley wasn’t listed on Arkansas Tech’s online football roster on Wednesday.

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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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