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TKE story updated. Mother and fraternity disagree on what put Chris Mims in hospital

From the Mobile Register: The mother of a University of South Alabama student who campus police said suffered a ruptured spleen during a fraternity hazing ritual said she is consulting with both a lawyer and a detective about the January incident.

But much remains unclear about how Chris Mims, who was pledging the USA chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, suffered the injuries that left him hospitalized for at least five days. Officials from the fraternity’s international office in Indianapolis said the fraternity did not cause Mims’ injuries, and university officials are saying little about their own three-month investigation.

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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