A member of a Louisiana State University fraternity has been arrested following a hazing incident that reportedly hospitalized a freshman.
Terry Pat Reynolds II was arrested by university police on Monday on charges of criminal and misdemeanor hazing as well as failure to seek assistance, Ernie Ballard III, a university spokesman, said.
NBC reported that Reynolds, 21, was released on $13,500 bond the same day, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish jail’s online roster.
District Attorney Hillar Moore said, if convicted, Reynolds could face more than five years in jail and a hefty fine.
‘Misdemeanor hazing is $1,000 and up to six months and felony hazing is up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail,’ Moore said.
Terry Pat Reynolds II (pictured) was arrested by university police on Monday on charges of criminal and misdemeanor hazing as well as failure to seek assistance, Ernie Ballard III, a university spokesman, said
Detectives used text messages sent from the confiscated phones of the fraternity members who brought the victim to hospital to identify Reynolds.
Reynolds, a ‘new member educator’ on the fraternity’s pledge board, reportedly invited several new members ton his home on Lake Breeze Drive for a party on October 18.
He reportedly gave the new members alcohol, telling them they would not be allowed to leave until they finished the entire bottle.
Texts states in the police report suggest several of the new members had ‘blacked out’ from the alcohol.
A search of Reynolds’ home found alcohol bottles in nearly every room of the house as well as in trash cans. Fresh vomit was present throughout the house, the report said.
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has been suspended while campus police investigate the incident in which an unidentified student reportedly ended up on life support following a hazing.
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (headquarters pictured above) has been suspended while campus police investigated the incident in which an unidentified student reportedly ended up on life support following a hazing
Media reported that the victim was hospitalized at about 3am on October 19 and put on life support immediately.
Arrest documents reported he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.451% – nearly six times the legal alcohol limit.
Fox 8 Live reported hospital staff members as saying the victim was unresponsive upon arrival and had foam coming from his mouth and nose, indicating organ failure.
The student has since been released from hospital.
Hazing was made a felony following the 2017 death of LSU freshman Max Gruver. Gruver was attempting to join another fraternity which has been banned from LSU’s Baton Rouge campus until at least 2033.
Another Louisiana law requires any individual who encounters someone with a serious injury or engages in the behaviour that caused the injury to provide ‘reasonable assistance.’
University spokesman Ballard said Louisiana State ‘has stated on multiple occasions that hazing will not be tolerated and the university acts swiftly when any hazing allegations are brought forth.’