Northwestern University Basketball Student’s Mother Files Lawsuit Due To Hazing Related Suicide
The mother of a Northwestern University has filed a lawsuit against Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc for the alleged hazing that led to her daughter committing suicide, CNN reports. The mother of Jordan Hankins filed a lawsuit at the US District Court in Illinois, claiming that the pledging she was doing in Fall 2016 caused her to kill herself in dorm room in January 2017.
According to the lawsuit, Hankins “was subjected to physical abuse including paddling, verbal abuse, mental abuse, financial exploitation, sleep deprivation, items being thrown and dumped on her, and other forms of hazing intended to humiliate and demean her.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Hankins had told members of the AKA chapter how the hazing was affecting her mental health. Hankins allegedly told them that it was “causing severe anxiety and depression and that she was having suicidal thoughts.”
The AKA chapter at Northwestern has been suspended due to the hazing allegations.
“Northwestern remains deeply saddened by the death of Jordan Hankins two years ago, and we continue to send our kindest thoughts and condolences to her friends and family,” a Northwestern spokesperson said in a statement. “Because this is a matter now in litigation, the University is not commenting further on the lawsuit.”
The federal lawsuit accuses the sorority of “negligent supervision and negligent entrustment” and the wrongful death of Hankins.