Police: 4 women vandalized cars over sorority hazing allegation
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MUNCIE, Ind. - Three Ball State sorority sisters and another woman face criminal charges after they vandalized a student's car over a hazing allegation, police said.
The incident began when a student filed a report with campus police in December claiming that tasks she'd been asked to perform to join the Zeta Phi Beta sorority constituted hazing and that she had been harassed by members of the sorority and their friends.
In May, sorority members learned where the accuser lived and made a plan to vandalize her car, police said.
Sorority members Briana N. Fulton, 21, Bianca T. Humphrey, 22, and Lauren L. Mason, 22, of Illinois, along with a friend, Leteria L. Bigbee, 21, of Indianapolis, went to the Forest Oaks Apartments and vandalized what they believed to be the car of the ex-pledge, police said.
The car was smeared with dog feces and nail polish remover, had been keyed and a smiley face and an expletive had been scratched into the paint, police said.
But the car turned out to be that of a 24-year-old male student, police said, and cost more than $4,500 to fix.
When the sorority sisters realized they had hit the wrong vehicle, they returned to the apartment complex the same night and similarly vandalized the ex-pledge's car, police said.
Fulton, Humphrey, Mason and Bigbee were charged last week with two counts each of criminal mischief, a Class D felony, in connection with the two incidents of vandalism.
According to the sorority chapter's website, Humphrey is the president and Mason is the secretary of the local chapter.
Lynda Wiley, Ball State's associate vice president for student affairs, said an investigation into the hazing allegation did not find enough evidence to support the complaint, but that the sorority was placed on probation after the vandalism incidents.
She said the women are no longer enrolled as students.
"Sometimes people don’t think they are accountable for their actions, and as we saw in the alleged vandalism, that individual behavior can have consequences in a variety of ways," Riley said.
The women were not arrested but will receive summonses to appear at initial hearings on Sept. 18.
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