Wednesday, April 7, 2021

AP: Ole Miss Student Suspended in Bleach-Hazing Case

 Ole Miss suspended a student after he allegedly sprayed bleach into a pledge's mouth during a pinning ceremony last October. The Associated Press's Jeff Amy reported: 

A University of Mississippi student faces aggravated assault charges after police said he sprayed cleaner into the mouth of a fraternity pledge during a hazing ritual, causing serious internal injuries.

Adam Peavy, a lawyer for the injured student, said the hazing took place at an Oct. 11 ceremony where pledges were supposed to receive fraternity pins at the Pi Kappa Alpha house in Oxford.

“He was blindfolded and poisoned,” Peavy said. “That’s what happened.”....

The case was first reported by the Jackson Jambalaya website.

“I am outraged by this incident, and we extend our heartfelt support and deepest sympathy to the victim,” said Charlotte Fant Pegues, Ole Miss’ interim vice chancellor for student affairs, adding in a statement that hazing will not be tolerated.

Ole Miss officials said they suspended a student in the case, although they didn’t name Higgins. The fraternity’s international office said the person accused of the assault was expelled from Pi Kappa Alpha. The victim is still enrolled at Ole Miss and is still a member of the fraternity.

“The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity does not tolerate any activities that do not treat individuals with dignity and respect,” spokesperson Aranda Gehringer said.... Rest of article.

Mr. Amy also reports the Pike chapter was sanctioned.  

The bleach melted away a good portion of Jackson Yerger's* esophagus.  JJ reported Monday that Jackson:

was diagnosed with Severe Erosive Esohpagitis Grade 4 due to chemical ingestion. The injury was classified as an alkaline burn.  He lost 50 lbs.  Unable to eat, he survives on a diet of protein shakes and macaroni & cheese. Needless to say, the young man suffers from depression and anxiety when he should be enjoying the flower of his youth.  The Yergers held out hope until they received more bad news at his most recent exam on March 25.  His body is trying to heal.  It produces new esophageal tissue.  Unfortunately, what remains of his esophagus rejects the new tissue, making recovery doubtful. Mrs. Yerger said:

His prognosis is unclear and will face a life long battle with recovery.  He is likely to develop Barrett's Esophageal, Esophageal cancer, faces potentially removing 90% of his esophagus and relocating his stomach, all significantly decreasing his life span.  We will start our journey at MD Anderson in Houston in the next 45-60 days as the esophagus has not shown signs of healing after 6 months of treatment.

The stomach-relocation surgery will be "life-altering."  The injury increases his risk of esophageal cancer.  The stomach, as well as the acid it produces, will be much closer to his throat.  He will have to eat at least three hours before sleeping. It is affected to cause a loss of some teeth as well.  He will probably need a feeding tube for several months after the surgery. Rest of post.

The hazing took place during a pinning ceremony at the Pike house on October 11.  Pledges had to endure several rites of Pike passage, including eating garbage good, while blindfolded with their neckties.  A Pike asked if any pledges wanted water.  He sprayed bleach in the faces of those who answered in the affirmative.  Unfortunately, Jackson's mouth was open and received several sprays of bleach.  He gulped down what he thought would be water until it was too late.  His life of hell began. 

* Jackson's last name has been changed to his mother's last name.  


39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Band-aid solution. Shut down the frat house. No one needs a Pike House on campus.

Anonymous said...

too many wealthy alumni. it’s business as usual except for the one who did the spraying. he’s taking the fall

JB said...

3:58
So shut them down because of one bad apple

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the school is sued for the maximum amount by the victim

Anonymous said...

Thanks you for reporting this so that other parents. Can have a heart to heart/come to Jesus with their children. It is not a hoax now for certain as others stated!

Anonymous said...

4:22 the chapter President was present at the time. This goes straight to the top. Did anywhere there try and stop this? No.

Anonymous said...

Liquor, packs of drunks, and 19 years old don't mix well. Everybody here is a loser. I was/am a Pike. We did some bad stuff but damn, the consequences here for the individuals are awful, and life altering all the way around. Ole Miss needs to pull their charter, or tell them to leave campus for 3 years, like the SAE's at State about 15 years ago (2 time alcohol hazing incidents, right after they had kidnapped an Iranian pizza delivery boy and left in a locked closet for a couple of days).

Anonymous said...

https://www.newsarchive.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2003/10/sae-fraternity-msu-pulled-campus-roll

Anonymous said...

@ 4:58 thanks for posting.

Might stop the State rednecks (the ones that can read and click your link) from posting stupidity as if Ole Miss is the only school in history to have young, dumb shits in frats causing harm to its members.

Anonymous said...

Tennessee fraternity suspended after alcohol enemas
By the CNN Wire Staff
Updated 5:00 PM EDT, Wed September 26, 2012

https://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/us/tennessee-fraternity-suspended

Anonymous said...

I hate this for the young victim.

Unfortunately, this crap happens everywhere kids leave home for the first time,join fraternities, marching bands, other clubs ect.

Personally the vast majority of the Ole Miss Pikes I know ... are decent guys. And I am a member of their biggest competition at Ole Miss.

I'm not trying to justify what is reported, but it's damn sure not limited to "White Fraternities"

I remember the uproar about hazing within the JSU "Sonic Boom" Marching Band.

From what I remember, the Jackson State Band was almost killing Freshmen by slamming desks and such on the poor kid's heads.





Anonymous said...

Nothing like this has ever happened at LSU.



Anonymous said...

This absolutely crosses the line. The university needs to send a clear message. Ban the fraternity permanently.

Anonymous said...

Am I misunderstanding something about the time line? This horrible incident took place in October, 2020 and the perp was only suspended this week (April, 2021)?

Anonymous said...

Why is this just now happening. University of MS - you get an F.

Anonymous said...

4:41. The pizza delivery incident happened in the mid to late 80s when I was a member of the chapter. And he wasn’t held for two days; he was released when Domino’s refused to pay the ransom.

7:08. The Dekes at LSU killed Santa Claus.

Anonymous said...

8:01. Killed Santa in a Christmas party for underprivileged kids, and right in front of them. Fell down the steps clutching his chest.

Anonymous said...

This is just unreal. How can this prick still be running around out there???

Anonymous said...

Kingfish let me just say as a Mississippi State grad and fan of 50 plus years stop this stupid back and forth and smearing of every thing that goes on at ole miss. We have our own demons in Starkville. I dont even recognize the WOKE MSU and Starkville I went to decades ago.

Anonymous said...

No criminal charges? This is why generation after generation never learns.

Blindfolded With Egg On Your Face... said...

Lots of egg on a lot of faces of those pricks who have been posting for days that this whole thing is made up, the 'alleged victim is not a Pike', none of the names are real, nobody can verify any of this, never happened, etc etc etc.

Was all of that denial just stupidity or was it ignorance or is there a difference?

Anonymous said...

The next thing we will read about is them eating Tide pods.

Anonymous said...

HELL YES shut THEM DOWN. In what universe does spraying bleach in someone's face make sense? Even drunk this is stupid dangerous and damn irresponsible. Ban the pikes from campus permanently and sue both the chapter and the university. And this thug needs to spend some time with 3 hots and a cot

Anonymous said...

@10:42 PM, division equals clicks.

Funny thing - it’s almost never former players engaging in such childish immaturity - it’s the fans that were not good enough themselves to ever have played a single play on the court or field.

Anonymous said...

According to the C-L's website, that same suspended student has been charged with aggravated assault.

Anonymous said...

@10:42PM

What smearing is he doing? He's just reporting the news. He doesn't have to report on LSU, because the national media is taking care of that. None of his readers really care about the "HBCU's", so that leaves Ole Miss and State to report on, especially Ole Miss since so many of our esteemed community leaders are birthed there.

Anonymous said...

You shut down the Fraternities, then the Sorority girls will have to actually learn something other than finding a rich/potentially rich husband. C'mon, give a girl a break.

Anonymous said...

Well, congrats to Kingfish for being the first (as I know it) media outlet to report this. I can't believe this occurred 6 months ago and no one was aware.

Anonymous said...

oh come on people.... you don't sense the drama here ...the loaded terms and words. In all likelihood this has been blown WAY out of proportion and hyped up. Standard narrative driven hype. I'm sure bad things happened and mistakes made...but this reeks of hyped BS. Yall need to get your antennas re aligned.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone subject themselves to that kind of bullshit just to have some fake friends and prearranged dates with sorority girls? College is plenty of fun without all that, and a little bleach sprayed in someone's most is FAR from the worst thing that has happened.

Anonymous said...

Is it not obvious that Ole Miss tried to cover it up, hoping the kid would recover and mkae a quiet settlement, but when his condition got worse the school figured they had to come out with it?

Anonymous said...

What is troubling to me, let me add not just this particular incident, but the other nonsense that has become acceptable behavior. You can think of me what you will, personally I could not care less. The acceptance of this type nonsense has contributed to the continual decline of the product the U.S. education system produces. Let me also add, that this decline is by design and not happenstance.

Anonymous said...

@7:05 PM - As an LSU alum, I hope your statement is sarcastic. The Dekes were permanently shut down and rightfully so. Another LSU fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, was closed after a pledge died.

At places like Ole Miss and LSU, where there is limited space to grow, the universities might consider bulldozing the fraternity houses for additional room.

Anonymous said...

Ole Miss may be the worst run large university in America. It certainly is in the bottom five.

You suspended the student? Seriously?

Any university not run by f***ing Muppet Babies would have shut down the fraternity within days of this happening, for the sake of liability and optics if nothing else. Among actual adult college administration, that's just standard operating procedure when somebody nearly gets killed.

It seems like every month that rolls, it's just more screw ups and amateur hour BS from this rudderless, leaderless joke of a school.

Anonymous said...

I'm the only one, on either thread, who has typed the name Boyce. It's time for that clown to sing the Johnny Paycheck song and hit the PERS plan. He'll coast for the rest of his life drawing 185K.

Anonymous said...

Boyce ain't going anywhere....he's the IHL's insurance policy in keeping their corrupt dealings out of the news. They trust him to handle things while they scam the state.

Taking A Look-Back.. said...

"In all likelihood this has been blown WAY out of proportion and hyped up."

You've changed your tune. Just three days ago you were claiming the whole thing was made up bullshit, never happened, fake names, no Pike association, total fabrication.

Anonymous said...

TheUniversity should suspend every active member who participated in these events. Makes no sense to punish those who did not participate.

Anonymous said...

11:13 - It's the culture. Systemic. Do those terms have any meaning to you?

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