A University of Buffalo student was in critical condition after an apparent frat hazing gone wrong—a frightening event that could lead to criminal charges, the Buffalo News reports. Police say Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, suffered a cardiac arrest after fraternity brothers told him to perform exercises from Thursday night to Friday morning. Serafin-Bazan, who had recently suffered respiratory problems, was reportedly carried onto the lawn of a residence associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity. "One of the fraternity brothers told us that they carried him outside to get him some fresh air after he fell and hit the back of his head on a coffee table," says a neighbor. "We were told he had the flu." A school senior says 20 people fled the scene before an ambulance arrived just after midnight.
Now a police investigation is focusing on whether students took too long to call for emergency personnel. The university, meanwhile, has ordered all fraternity and sorority activities suspended and warns that hazing is more than a prank, per the Buffalo News. "As the investigation into this very serious matter continues, let me reiterate that our university has zero tolerance for hazing," says Satish Tripathi, the school's president. "Not only are hazing incidents a violation of our university policies, but they are also crimes." Sigma Pi's national office in Lebanon, Tenn., says it has dispatched an attorney to Buffalo and is conducting its own investigation. Serafin-Bazan is now in stable condition at Buffalo General Hospital, per WIVB. (Read more hazing stories.)