Animal House Style Hazing: He Was Paddled so Hard he Needed Medical Treatment

An “Animal House” fraternity in upstate New York hazed a fraternity pledge so badly that “his life may have been ruined” as a result.

The New York Post reports:

An “Animal House” fraternity at an upstate hazing hotbed treated a pledge so badly “it may have ruined his life,” leading him to quit the school even though he had a substantial scholarship, according to a new lawsuit and the man’s lawyer.

During Michael Warren’s initiation at the Alpha Delta Omega frat at Hartwick College in Oneonta last year he was paddled so hard he needed medical treatment – after he spent an entire night locked in a bathroom with other pledges being subjected to strobe lights and blasting music, lawyer Gerald Gross said.

And worse, Warren, the only African-American to pledge at Alpha Delta Omega, was “racially harassed” — forced to dress up in a pimp costume, according to the suit.

“The place is run like Animal House,” Gross said. “He was paddled very, very aggressively and together with other pledges he was locked in the bathroom all night.”

Once the pledge, Michael Warren, came forward with his story, he was treated like an outcast at his campus. His lawyer said that the pledge was “so frankly traumatized, he won’t come back. It may have ruined his life.”