PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) – A Virginia State University fraternity is suspended and three members have been arrested in connection to a hazing incident, according to Petersburg Police.
Deonte Barkley, George Feggins, and Michael Snipes are members of VSU’s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Police say they arrested the men in connection to an off-campus hazing incident that happened on Pocahontas Island. According to the university, eight students participated in the hazing activity and have been referred to the VSU Office of Judicial Affairs.
8News spoke with VSU students on Monday who said they recognized the three men who have been arrested. Some say the actions seem out of character for them.
“It’s just crazy because I never thought it would be them,” said student Marcus Mitchell. “It was pretty unfortunate and it’s also sad that hazing is going on because usually, I don’t really hear about hazing at all.”
“I feel fitting in a crowd by being verbally abuse or humiliated is pretty sad,” said another student, Jametta Morant Boone. “Don’t put your future in jeopardy for childish behavior.”
VSU says it has zero tolerance for hazing and has suspended the Alpha Phi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Petersburg Police say they have received complaints from residents about people misbehaving at Pocahontas Island.
One resident, Richard Stewart, told 8News he has lived in Petersburg his whole life and he’s witnessed it before.
“They come down here all times of the evening, all times of the evening and that’s what they do,” Stewart said.
“The policies of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and those of Virginia State University prohibit hazing. Kappa Alpha Psi is in full support of the university’s enforcement of those policies,” said the fraternity’s executive director John F. Burrell.
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