The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Fort Valley State University has been placed under a cease and desist order after an alleged hazing incident that left one student hospitalized with injuries to the kidney area.
One person has been arrested in relation to the case, said Capt. Lawrence Spurgeon of the Fort Valley Police Department. Bryson Trumaine Amey, 21, of Fort Valley, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery, according to Fort Valley police Lt. Michael Yingling.
The incident took place in Fort Valley off campus, according to a Fort Valley State news release. The fraternity’s 15 members are not allowed to participate in any activities pending the results of the investigation.
According to Spurgeon, the victim told his mother about the incident last Monday, and she contacted campus police Friday.
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The Fort Valley Police Department also is working with FVSU’s Campus Police and Safety Department and the regional office of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. on the case.
The Fort Valley Police Department is interviewing witnesses and possible suspects, Spurgeon said.
Afterward, the facts of the case will be turned over to Peach County District Attorney Cliff Woody.
In the 15 years Spurgeon has worked with the police department, he said other university hazing incidents have occurred periodically, but not recently.
“In dealing with young people sometimes, they sometimes get carried away,” he said.
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