Frat Boys Busted for Third-Degree Burn 'Hazing'

Boiling water and pepper spray poured on pledges' backs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 4:52 AM CDT
Fraternity members poured boling water and "crab boil" seasoning mix onto the backs of pledges at "Hell Night"   ((c) rick)
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(Newser) – Ten Tulane University frat boys face battery charges after taking "Hell Night" hazing way too far and severely burning two pledges, CNN reports. The Pi Kappa Alpha members poured boiling water with pepper spray in it and "crab boil" seasoning mix onto the backs of pledges to see who could withstand the most pain. The two who held out the longest before screaming were hospitalized.

One pledge suffered second- and third-degree burns to his back, chest, buttocks and genitals. Tulane has suspended the fraternity. Pi Kappa Alpha's headquarters issued a statement condemning the "reprehensible" actions, adding that  the injuries "appear to be the result of a few unauthorized, misguided individuals."