United States

Sorority hazing led to Northwestern student's suicide, lawsuit claims

(CNN)A Northwestern University basketball player killed herself because of severe hazing she endured while pledging to the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority in the fall of 2016, according to a federal lawsuit filed by her mother this week. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Illinois, claims sophomore Jordan Hankins killed herself in her dorm room in January 2017 because of hazing practices that "negatively affected (her) physical, mental, and emotional health." 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," according to the suit.Hankins told AKA members ...