Bowie State University Student Files Suit Against Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Bowie State University student, Kevin Hayes, is filing a $3 million lawsuit against the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for the bullying, humiliating and beating he was subjected to for more than a year.

Hayes claims to have reported his treatment to university officials, but nothing was done about it and the behavior continued. He said of his motivation to come forward with a formal complaint, “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else after me.”

The formal complaint was filed in court on Monday and alleges that fraternity members slapped, punched, hit, body slammed and paddled Hayes from September to December.

Throughout the hazing, Hayes was harassed and threatened by members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He felt that he had no option but to hide the evidence of the attacks and keep treatment a secret.

The harassment went far enough to involve Hayes’ mother according to his attorney, Jimmy Bell. Bell says, “They’re not only threatening him, they called and threatened his mother. There is no place for that on a university campus at all. What we’re trying to do is make them stop.”

The school is taking the allegations seriously as the statement released on Monday indicates. It read as follows, “ Bowie State University has a stringent anti-hazing policy that is coupled with a strong anti-hazing education program. The University considers hazing to be indefensible and contrary to the interest of the University community.”

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