Two students at Texas A&M University claim in a lawsuit that they were “permanently disfigured” when an industrial strength cleaner was poured on them during a fraternity hazing incident.
The students, Patrick Close and Jose Figueroa, filed a complaint against Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, its Texas Tau Chapter, and several of its members on Oct. 18 in Harris County District Court. The former fraternity pledges claim the fraternity members violated the Texas anti-hazing statute, Texas Education Code, Section 37.153,
Close and Figueroa are seeking at least $1 million in damages and a jury trial.
The students claim in the lawsuit that they were pledging the fraternity during the spring 2021 semester. At some point, they were “forced to do various kinesthetic activities” while at least eight of the fraternity’s members poured “various foreign substances on them,” according to the lawsuit.
“The substances poured on Close and Figueroa included human spit, raw eggs, paint, food condiments, and eventually the industrial strength cleaner known as SC-200,” the lawsuit states.
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SOURCE: Click2Houston, Briana Zamora-Nipper