Mom Sues Frat for Son's Hazing Death

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George Desdunes, 19, was kidnapped as part of of a ritual, tied up and forced to drink at a frat house. Credit: Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

College hazing has changed since the days of an "Animal House" "thank you, sir, may I have another" paddling.

Marie Lourdes Andre is suing Sigma Alpha Epsilon for $25 million, claiming her son died after drinking and being hazed at the Cornell University frat house, the BBC reports.

In the suit, Andre alleges her son, George Desdunes, 19, was kidnapped as part of of a ritual, tied up and forced to drink at the SAE house, according to the news outlet, which adds he was found the next day and died after being taken to a hospital. His blood alcohol level was .409 percent, or five times the legal limit in New York.

According to the lawsuit, Desdunes was bound at the ankles and wrists with duct tape and zip ties and made to drink until he passed out, the BBC reports. The suit also states that another student tried to remove the zip ties before the cops got there.

According to the news outlet, Cornell has booted SAE from campus, and a number of former members have been charged with first-degree hazing and unlawfully dealing with a child in connection with the death.

"With the death of my son, I find some comfort in knowing that this lawsuit may bring about changes in fraternities that will prevent other families from suffering as I have," Andre says.

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