Mom of Northwestern basketball player sues sorority over daughter's death, alleging hazing led to suicide - Chicago Tribune
Chicagotribune.com - Thu 10 Jan 10:36 GMT

Mom of Northwestern basketball player sues sorority over daughter's death, alleging hazing led to suicide - Chicago Tribune

The mother of Northwestern University basketball player Jordan Hankins has sued the sorority her daughter sought to join.

  The mother of former Northwestern University basketball player Jordan Hankins has filed a federal lawsuit against sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, alleging that her daughter was a victim of hazing by sorority members which caused severe anxiety and depression and led to Hankins’ suicide in January 2017.

  The lawsuit names AKA sorority; the Gamma Chi undergraduate chapter of AKA sorority at Northwestern; the Delta Chi Omega graduate chapter of the sorority, based in Evanston; Kathy A. Walker Steele, the former central regional director for AKA sorority; current and former Northwestern students and sorority members Alexandria Anderson, Jalon Brown, Alexandria Clemons, Cariana Chambers, Raven Smith and Bianca Valdez; the chapter’s former graduate adviser, Ava Thompson Greenwell; and the chapter’s former assistant graduate adviser, Ashanti Madlock-Henderson.

  Hankins told sorority members that the hazing was triggering her post traumatic stress disorder, causing severe anxiety and depression and that she was having suicidal thoughts, according to the lawsuit.

  The lawsuit alleges that the sorority and its representatives “were negligent in allowing Hankins to be hazed” by permitting harmful activities, failing to warn the Northwestern chapter of the dangers of hazing and failing to adopt policies to prevent hazing, among other allegations.

  Defendant AKA Sorority and its agents were advised that the hazing was triggering Hankins’ PTSD, severe depression and anxiety, she was mentally unstable, and she explicitly expressed she was suicidal and had a plan to commit suicide,” the lawsuit reads.