Mom sues frat, says son was hazed to death

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From NBC New York:

The mother of a 19-year-old Cornell University student who died during an alcohol-related fraternity hazing ritual filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful-death lawsuit against the national fraternity on Monday.

“With the death of my son, I find some comfort in knowing that this lawsuit may bring about changes in fraternities that will prevent other families from suffering as I have,” said Marie Lourdes Andre, who filed the lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and its local chapter officers and members.

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SAE, which was founded at the University of Alabama in the 1850s, consists of 241 chapters with about 11,000 undergraduate members, its website says. The lawsuit against it seeks at least $25 million in damages.

Andre’s son, George Desdunes, was found by Cornell personnel on Feb. 25 unconscious on a couch at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house in Ithaca and later was pronounced dead.

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