FLORENCE — Florence County sheriff’s deputies have arrested nine members of a fraternity and charged them with a hazing incident that left a pledge in an area hospital.
The men are all members of Phi Beta Sigma, including three students at Francis Marion University and six alumni. Investigators say a pledge was paddled so badly he had kidney damage.
All nine men have been released on personal recognizance bonds. Hazing is a misdemeanor in South Carolina punishable by a fine of up to $500 or up to a year in jail.
The national Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the university have suspended the chapter at Francis Marion.