NC Mother Says Sorority Hazing Led to Daughter's Death: Would You Let Your Child Join a Sorority?
Raleigh resident Bernadette Carter, mother to an East Carolina University student who died in a car crash on Nov. 10, 2010, has recently filed a suit alleging that the Delta Sigma Theta sorority is responsible for her daughter's death.
According to the News and Observer, Carter has accused the sorority's national office, its ECU chapter and its members of hazing the 2010 pledge class including depriving them of sleep -- the factor which Carter believes played the largest role in the car crash that took her daughter's life.
Victoria T'nya-Ann Carter was one of two students killed when driver and fellow pledge Kamil Arrington fell asleep behind the wheel of her Toyota Yaris. Delta members had selected Arrington as a designated driver who would transport the pledges to practices, early morning hair appointments and other engagements, according to Carter’s lawsuit that was amended in Nash County on Monday.
According to an earlier suit in which Arrington plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Arrington was suffering from "excessive and overwhelming fatigue, exhaustion and sleep deprivation" when she fell asleep while driving.
Along with seeking restitution for their daughter's tragic death, the Carter family is also on a mission to put a stop to the Greek life tradition of hazing its new members. The Carter family's suit lists a few of the demeaning activities Delta pledges were forced to take part in including standing on one leg while holding bricks over their heads, rubbing hot sauce on their lips, eating a raw onion, and while being forced to live in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with 17 other women.
The night before the accident, Carter and others spent the night perfecting a "probate death march" and were not permitted to sleep before getting in the car for a 6:30 AM hair appointment scheduled by Delta sisters.
These allegations are not the first made against NC sororities and fraternities as well as greek organizations across the nation. Would you allow your child to join a fraternity or sorority? Have you spoken with them about the dangers of hazing?