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Florida State fraternity & # 39; Scumbag of the Week & # 39; hazing tradition led to brain damage student, lawsuit says – Washington Post

Florida State fraternity & # 39; Scumbag of the Week & # 39; hazing tradition led to brain damage student, lawsuit says – Washington Post

When Nicholas Mauricio arrived at the Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee on April 9, the 20-year-old student at Florida State University went into and out of consciousness. Blood from a cracked tooth seeped from his mouth. There was a clog the size of a golf ball on the back of his head. Doctors soon discovered that his skull was broken and he suffered from multiple strokes.

The brotherhood brothers whom Mauricio had brought, then a second-year, to the emergency room, allegedly lied to the doctors, claiming that he had fallen down the stairs while playing basketball on an outdoor terrace. But according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday and obtained by WTXL, Mauricio was the victim of a hazing ritual known as "Scumbag of the Week", a time-honored tradition at the Phi Tau chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi in the state of Florida .

The ritual once had a game-show-style wheel, which brotherhood brothers would turn to choose a punishment, the lawsuit says. The chosen "Scumbag of the Week" would only have to clean the student house, lick the floor or be hit in the face. But in the course of the years they stopped turning the wheel. Instead, the chapter reportedly called for nominations for "Scumbag of the Week" and then made the brother who got the most votes before the whole brotherhood got up and another member struck him in the face.

It was Mauricio's turn on 9 April.

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