Suicide Of Lawrence North High School Grad Blamed On Sorority, Says Lawsuit
CHICAGO – A lawsuit has been filed against a Northwestern University sorority claiming that the hazing that Jordan Hankins of Indianapolis experienced led to her suicide.
Hankins graduated from Lawrence North High School and was on the women’s basketball team at Northwestern.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the lawsuit accuses sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha of hazing Hankins while she was a pledge to the point that she had “severe anxiety and depression.”
Investigators say Hankins hung herself in her dorm room in Jan. 9, 2017. She was 19 years old.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Hankins’ mother Felicia Hankins.
The sorority was suspended by Northwestern in May 2017, but will be allowed to return this fall.
A spokesman for the university issued the following statement Thursday:
“Northwestern remains deeply saddened by the death of Jordan Hankins two years ago, and we continue to send our kindest thoughts and condolences to her friends and family,” the statement reads. “We are aware of a lawsuit that was recently filed in federal court regarding her death. Northwestern University is not a named party in this lawsuit. The sorority involved has been and continues to be suspended from the University. Because this is a matter now in litigation, the University is not commenting further on the lawsuit.”
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