Syracuse frat members charged after pledge suffers frostbite

The sun sets behind the Syracuse University campus at dusk Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse fired associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine in the wake of an investigation into child molestation allegations against him. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police have charged two Syracuse University fraternity members for an outdoor hazing stunt that could cost a pledge four of his fingers due to frostbite.

The Syracuse Police Department says three young men pledging the Nu Alpha Phi fraternity were taken to a city park around midnight Saturday and made to do exercises, including push-ups and crawling in the snow, while not wearing gloves.

Police say after about 30 minutes, the pledges were given hand warmers told to walk back to the frat house.

One of the pledges experienced extreme pain in his hands and sought treatment Sunday at a hospital. Doctors told him he may lose his ring and pinkie fingers on both hands because of severe frostbite.

Police on Wednesday arrested two frat members and charged them with hazing.

Syracuse University has suspended the frat. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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