Four Dead in Tragic Hazing Incident
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
On what seemed like a normal Saturday night Mary Bell University Freshmen rushing Alpha Delta Omega were subjected to a series of "hazing" rituals that ended in disaster for four students.
Last Saturday, four students; Gordon Trout (18), Barry Hope (18), Carter Kyle (18), and Henry Manacle (19), were involve in a series of deeply unsettling hazing rituals at the Alpha Delta Omega off-campus house.
Witnesses to certain rituals were everything from terrified to unfazed in reaction to watching some of these events unfold. Traditional hazing rituals included being made to run naked through the neighborhood, being forced to drink large and potentially harmful amounts of grain alcohol, and tying pledges to the columns on the front porch with their genitals exposed.
However, the events that lead directly to the deaths of Trout, Hope, Kyle, and Manacle appear to be without any eyewitnesses.
Police reports show that the four MBU students were found naked and chained to a beam in the basement of the Alpha Delta Omega Front Street house. Upon arrival, police found three of the young men already dead, and the fourth (Carter Kyle) was pronounced dead at the hospital one hour later from blood loss due to severe wounds. His feet have not been found.
The Alpha Delta Omega house on the corner of Court and Front Street in downtown Mary Bell Township have been the subject of controversy a number of times in the recent past, however this is the first time any MBU fraternities have been involved in any deaths.
Megan Love, Senior
The Mary Bell Watchtower