Mom sues frat, says son was hazed to death
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.
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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