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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC — Nine members of the Francis Marion University chapter of Phi Beta Sigma have been charged with assault after a pledge was sent to the hospital due to injuries from a paddle.

The fraternity members were charged with hazing, which is a misdemeanor and may face up to a year in prison.

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WISTV reports:

According to Nunn, all nine suspects intentionally inflicted physical harm on the victim by beating him with a paddle. The victim reportedly suffered serious injuries and had to be hospitalized as a result.

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