CHICAGO – The mother of Jordan Hankins, basketball player of Northwestern University, native of Indianapolis and deceased in 2017, has filed suit against her sorority. Nearly two years after the day her daughter was found dead in her dorm, Felicia Hankins filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Chicago against Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, her Northwestern Chapters, and Evanston, her former Regional Director, and eight of her members.
Hankins, 19, was found unanswered in his dormitory at the school's Foster Walker complex, in the afternoon of January 9, 2017. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said his Death was a suicide by hanging. She was an excellent basketball player and a member of the National Honor Society of Lawrence North High School and had studied Biology at Northwestern.
"Jordan was a remarkably dynamic young woman – it's a devastating loss for our basketball family," said Joe McKeown, head coach of Northwestern Women's Basketball. "She has brought intense intensity and commitment to everything in her life and we will miss her tremendously."
The eight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha organization named in the complaint to eleven charges were "informed that hazing caused PTSD, severe depression and Hankins anxiety, that she was mentally unstable and that she had explicitly stated that she was suicidal and that she had the intention of committing suicide., "according to the suit. The sorority and the appointed members should have foreseen that Hankins would commit suicide.
The executive and deputy directors of the Chicago-based sorority did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
North West Media Relations Director, Jon Yates, declined to answer questions about when or why Alpha Kappa Alpha was suspended from the university, saying that only "this organization was suspended and continues to be ".
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According to the complaint, Hankins allegedly participated in an initiation ceremony in October 2016 to become a member of the sorority with 10 other women, some of whom had already been hazed by Alpha Kappa Alpha. Following an introductory broadcast on the Northwestern campus of November 20, 2016 on the Northwestern campus, Hankins was informed that she needed to accept a post-initiation pledge process.
"During the post-initiation promise, Jordan Hankins was subjected to physical abuse, such as paddling, insults, psychological abuse, financial abuse, sleep deprivation, thrown and thrown objects, and other forms of hazing aimed at To humiliate and belittle her, "according to the costume. Hankins told the sorority members that the hazing had triggered suicidal thoughts, he said.
"Finally, the initiation had the best of Jordan Hankins and on January 9, 2017, Jordan Hankins was found hanging in his dorm," according to his mother's complaint.
The sorority knew or should have known that "initiation rituals and hazing causing physical injury, mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment … can cause severe depression and / or to be fatal ".
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According to the complaint, AKA should have faced prosecution and suspensions in many universities because of its "hazing culture", although it has put in place tougher anti-bizarre policies there. at 20 years.
AKA was named in a California lawsuit in which two women reportedly drowned after being blindfolded in the ocean, wearing sweatpants and sneakers in 2002. This led to a moratorium. a year for sorority recruiting new undergraduates, according to Hankins' complaint.
In 2013, two women filed a lawsuit against sorority in Washington, DC, with new charges of hazing its members, the complaint said.
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The wrongful death lawsuit in Hankins includes negligence, negligent supervision, negligent prosecution, negligent suffering and willful suffering. A lawyer from Hankins also did not respond to a request for comment.
The former university spokesman, Alan Cubbage, said there was no record of "danger or threat to other members of the North West community. in a statement issued immediately after Hankins' death.
"In times like this, it's common for people to try to find a reason or a cause, and often we turn to ourselves and wonder if we could have done anything more to prevent that from happening. does not happen, "said Patricia Telles-Irvin, Northwestern's vice president of student affairs in a statement after Hankins' death was declared suicidal. "Although human nature is in search of answers, the most important thing to do is to remember Jordan's life, the tremendous impact she has had on her family and friends, and to take care of the other as a community. "
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