Five University of Alabama fraternity brothers arrested on hazing charges after allegedly ordering pledges to stand in buckets of salted ice which burned their feet

  • Phi Gamma Delta brothers Colter Anderson, John Buckley, Hunter Wagner and Richard Markwalter were hit with three counts each of hazing 
  • Brother Mark Allen Powers was booked on just one count 
  • Arrests follow a join investigation by the university and local police
  • The university did not release details on the charges Wednesday, but sources say the arrests sprung from a initiation ritual gone wrong
  • Pledges allegedly suffered burns after being ordered by brothers to stand in buckets of ice and salt
  • Another source said that the fraternity was also under investigation for a hazing incident involving hot sauce - but wouldn't go into more detail 

Five fraternity brothers at the University of Alabama were arrested Wednesday on hazing charges. 

While the university did not go into details about the allegations against the Phi Gamma Delta brothers, sources told several outlets that the charges stemmed from an initiation ritual gone wrong.

The university and local police started investigating the fraternity, commonly referred to as Fiji, after receiving a report that pledges suffered burns to their feet after being ordered by brothers to stand in buckets of ice and salt.

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Five fraternity brothers at University of Alabama's Phi Gamma Delta were arrested on Wednesday on hazing charges 

Five fraternity brothers at University of Alabama's Phi Gamma Delta were arrested on Wednesday on hazing charges 

Another student who is friends with members of the fraternity told local news station WIAT that the brothers were also accused of carrying out a hazing ritual involving hot sauce - but wouldn't go into more detail about the incident.  

Fiji brothers Colter K Anderson, 21; John Patrick Buckley, 21; Hunter Lee Wagner, 20; and Richard E Markwalter III, 20 were each chargeD with three counts of hazing charges each, while brother Mark Allen Powers, 20, was hit with one count. 

The five young men were booked in Tuscaloosa County Jail on Wednesday, and all posted $1,000 bail later that night. 

The university didn't go into details about the hazing charges, but its believed that the brothers forced initiates to stand in buckets of ice and salt, leading to burns on their feet. Above: Richard E Markwalter III
The university didn't go into details about the hazing charges, but its believed that the brothers forced initiates to stand in buckets of ice and salt, leading to burns on their feet. Above: Colter K Anderson
The university didn't go into details about the hazing charges, but its believed that the brothers forced initiates to stand in buckets of ice and salt, leading to burns on their feet. Above: Hunter Lee Wagner

The university didn't go into details about the hazing charges, but its believed that the brothers forced initiates to stand in buckets of ice and salt, leading to burns on their feet. Three of the accused from left to right: Richard E Markwalter III, 20; Colter K Anderson, 21; Hunter Lee Wagner, 20 

John Patrick Buckley, 21 (pictured), was charged with three counts of hazing, as were Markwalter, Anderson and Wagner. Phi Gamma Delta brother Mark Allen Powers, 20, was hit with just one charge
John Patrick Buckley, 21, was charged with three counts of hazing, as were Markwalter, Anderson and Wagner. Phi Gamma Delta brother Mark Allen Powers, 20 (pictured), was hit with just one charge

John Patrick Buckley, 21 (left), was charged with three counts of hazing, as were Markwalter, Anderson and Wagner. Phi Gamma Delta brother Mark Allen Powers, 20 (right), was hit with just one charge 

As the university continues its investigation into the fraternity, the house has been placed on 'interim sanctions' which ban them from initiating new members and hosting parties. 

'The University of Alabama will not tolerate hazing and takes allegations and incidents of hazing very seriously,' Tim Hebson, dean of students, said in a statement. 'Students who are the victims of, or who become aware of, hazing incidents are strongly encouraged to bring these incidents to our attention.'

Anyone with more information on the alleged hazing at Phi Gamma Delta or any other campus Greek house is being asked to report to the hazing and harassment hotline at 205-348-HALT (4258) or the University of Alabama Police Department at 205-348-5454. 

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