Two former “pledge trainers” at a University of Texas fraternity ï¿½?? one who was accused of touching a hot clothes iron to pledges’ faces and another accused of shocking his prospective fraternity brothers with a cattle prod ï¿½?? will spend four days in jail after pleading no contest Monday to hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors.
The earliest incidents of hazing laid out in affidavits filed by a county attorney’s investigator came Sept. 9, 2006, when the pledges were gathered in a University Towers dorm room. Bolding required a pledge to hold himself on a table on his elbows and toes, and then flipped the table over; Sherrill touched a hot clothes iron to the faces of two pledges; and Evans made a pledge put his hand on a dart board while Evans threw darts at it, the affidavits said.
At events later in the semester, the pledges were made to gather cacti with their bare hands, and Evans made three pledges eat Crisco shortening, made two eat cat food and shocked several pledges with a cattle prod, the affidavit said.
On Nov. 16, 2006, the night before Cross was found dead, the pledges were given half-gallon liquor bottles to drink, according to the affidavit.[/quote]
I’ve withheld judgement until the trial was over, because some of the charges I thought were too ludicrous to have actually happened. I wanted to make sure that I judged these guys based upon acceptable facts, and not just media hype. Now that these guys are sentenced, I’m now reading and evaluating.
Is this type of behavior typical of college fraternities? I mean, you hear about stuff like this, and you see movies that kinda do a bit of it, but…being scalded in the face with an iron? Having darts thrown at your hand to amuse your frat brothers? Why would anyone willingly let someone do that to them?
I’m in college, though not a fraternity (I also don’t personally know anyone that is- this isn’t a concious choice, I guess I just don’t run in those circles). I’m hoping to get some kind of perspective as to how prevalent this type of behavior (hazing) really is and why people go through it.