Fort Valley State Fraternity Suspended in Hazing Case

11:56 PM, Dec 16, 2009   |    comments
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Fort Valley State University's chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is suspended for five years, after an alleged hazing incident.

The chapter has been suspended by their fraternity's regional office in Atlanta.

Terrence Smith, with the university's Student Affairs department, says that the fraternity's regional office decided to suspend current members of Alpha Phi Alpha for 5 years. He says that recently initiated members will be on probation for 3 years.

Earlier this month, a Fort Valley State University fraternity member was arrested for aggravated battery after an alleged hazing during a fraternity initiation.

Fort Valley Police Chief Detective Lawrence Spurgeon says 21-year-old Bryson Trumaine Amey was arrested after an incident involving the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Fort Valley State University.

He identified the alleged victim as 19-year-old Brian Tukes of Macon.

Spurgeon says Tukes was taken to the hospital with injuries to his back and kidney failure. He says the student told his mother the injuries were from a hazing incident at the fraternity.

Spurgeon says the police department is working with the District Attorney's office to determine if there will be penalties against the fraternity as a whole.

The Fort Valley Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident.

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