Suit filed against fraternity, FMU over hazing

McLeod Law Group filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Daniel McElveen who was seriously and permanently injured on October 23, 2011 during a hazing incident at Francis Marion University.

The victim was repeatedly beaten during the fraternity's "Hell Night" initiation process for Phi Beta Sigma's Francis Marion Chapter, according to Florence County Sheriff's Office deputies.

He was hospitalized for eight days at McLeod Regional Hospital and as a result of the incident nine men were arrested in connection to the brutal hazing by the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

"Our investigation leads us to believe the University turned a blind eye towards Phi Beta Sigma despite the fraternity being implicated in numerous hazing incidents including a $97 million lawsuit which was filed against Phi Beta Sigma as a result of alleged hazing that took place at its Prairie View A&M Chapter outside Houston Texas," Attorney Mullins McLeod said.

"Daniel was the second person in our family to go to college and his being accepted and attending Francis Marion was one of the greater memories of my life. We were proud of the achievements he was making and we thought Daniel joining a fraternity would further enrich his college experience; however the brutality that took place against my son has forever scarred him and has become one of the worst experiences our family has ever suffered through," the victim's mother said.

The victim filed the suit against Phi Beta Sigma fraternity International, the Pi Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity International and Francis Marion University for claims of Negligence, Battery, Assault and Outrage.

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