A Wilmington College student, pledging for Gamma Phi Gamma, had to have his testicle removed after a hazing ritual, involving some ball swatting, left him in excruciating pain.
I know there are a lot of perks to becoming a sorority or frat member like community, parties and generally fun stuff to do. However, the whole hazing part has baffled me. The stories I’ve heard about the literal physical pain one has to endure in order to become a member is not only outlandish but unnecessary. Can’t I just write a lame paper about why I want to join your exclusive club?
According to an affidavit on The Smoking Gun, the pledge was, “stripped naked and blindfolded, pledges were swatted with towels and shirts with the ends balled up in knots or with items inside. [. . .] Tyler Lawrence was struck in the testicles and collapsed to the ground in pain, but the ceremony continued. Afterward, Lawrence complained of intense pain and was taken to a local hospital, where doctors removed a testicle, police confirmed.”
The pledges were also force fed limburger cheese then had to simulate having sex with a bowl of stuffing. Boys are so weird. Like, c’mon. What does boning some stuffing even have to do with anything? I guess it’s better than having your testicle swatted.
There were 20 students involved in the hazing as either spectators or participants. While the student himself feels the incident was accident, which of course no one meant for this poor boy to have his ball removed, this obviously underscores the problem with hazing itself. It’s literally torture and actually very dangerous.
“The college has interviewed some students and is conducting its own investigation while cooperating with law enforcement,” the school spokesman, Randy Sarvis said. He was also notably surprised by this kid’s nonchalant reaction to losing his testicle.