LSU Fraternity Members Arrested on Criminal Hazing Charges

On Thursday, nine members of the Louisiana State University chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity were arrested after being accused of brutally hazing pledges.

According to Buzzfeed News, the arrest reports says a pledge was forced “strip down to his underwear and climb into an ice machine that was half filled with water and half still frozen ice” and stay there for 30 to 45 minutes. The pledge told police he “did not attempt to get out of the ice machine because he felt he would have been beaten up if he did.”

After being allowed to get out of the ice machine, “the pledge said he was made to lie on a basketball court covered in broken glass, where he and another pledge were “sprayed with a hose, had milk crates thrown at them, and were urinated on.”

Those arrested include Charles Eugene Brakenridge, 23; Blake Andrew Chalin, 20; Cade Rain Duckworth, 23; Gaston Thomas Eymard, 23; Shakti P. Gilotra, 22; Joseph Dylan Harkrider, 19; Malcolm Richard McNiece, 23; Alexander Joseph Rozas, 23; and Garrett Joseph Sanders, 21. Duckworth and McNiece are the only two not currently enrolled at LSU.

An affidavit provided to Buzzfeed also says the men are accused of “kicking pledges in the chest with steel toe boots, beating them with a metal pipe, and making them stand in painful positions for hours on end.” One pledge reports being doused with gasoline.

Duckworth faces the most serious charges, including three felony charges of false imprisonment and three charges of criminal hazing. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Duckworth’s arrest report says pledges were allegedly forced to “hold a crate filled with ice and cayenne pepper above their heads while standing in a cold shower and looking up, which caused the ice to melt and the pepper to drip into their eyes.”

LSU’s chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon was closed in January due to the hazing allegations.

Family files lawsuit in death of fraternity pledge at Ohio University

(CNN)The parents of a dead fraternity pledge have filed a lawsuit against the fraternity, alleging their son died last fall as a result of extensive hazing.

While pledging the Sigma Pi fraternity at Ohio University, Collin Wiant was allegedly made to undergo severe hazing, including being beaten with a belt, punched, made to take drugs, forced to drink a gallon of alcohol in an hour and deprived of sleep.
“The hazing caused bodily injury, emotional distress and ultimately, Collin Wiant’s death,” the lawsuit states.
According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Athens County Court, a toxicology report showed Wiant died of “asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide ingestion.” Canisters of nitrous oxide are sometimes used as inhalants, known as “whippets.”
In an interview with CNN, Rex Elliott, the Wiant family’s attorney, said there was “little doubt” Wiant’s death was caused by being forced into hazing activities.
“He would be alive today if they hadn’t hazed him,” Elliott said.
The lawsuit names as defendants the chapter at Ohio University, the Sigma Pi International office and 10 John Does that the suit claims are liable for Wiant’s injuries. It accuses them of hazing, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
A spokeswoman for the Athens, Ohio, school extended the university’s condolences to Wiant’s family in a statement and said its local Sigma Pi fraternity chapter “remains on a cease and desist order from the university, pending investigation.”
The fraternity chapter did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
Sigma Pi Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Frost said in a statement to CNN on Friday that the fraternity had not been served with a lawsuit and was unable to comment.
“We are aware of the tragic passing of Collin Wiant this past November and we continue to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Frost said.

Gnostic Infiltration

The Narrow Path

I have heard different explanations concerning what form Jesus is in presently. Some say He was in a body on earth but discarded His body at the ascension; in other words, He is a spirit. Others say He ascended in a body, but it wasn’t the same body He had on earth. I’ve also heard that He now has a “glorified body,” but we can’t know what that means exactly. These wrong ideas, among many others, originated with the Gnostic cults in the very early stages of Christianity.

Gnosticism infiltrated Christianity not long after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, was defeated by the first and second century Christians, and then began to reappear within Christianity during the third and fourth centuries. It was a religious system that combined Eastern mysticism, Greek philosophy, and Christianity. Augustine, known as the father of Western theology, was involved in the Manichaean sect of Gnosticism for…

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