March 30, 2013

Fraternities worse than Animal House fail to pay for casualties


Partygoers danced and played beer pong in a room bedecked with Lambda's Greek letters and signature cross with crescent. Sober brothers stood ready to drive drunk ones home, according to court records.

Mynhardt and Kelly soon locked themselves in a bathroom, kissing, according to court records. After several minutes, someone began banging on the door. Mynhardt stepped out and said they were leaving.

With that, Cassady's friend Clinton Blackburn, a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who was visiting for the weekend, grabbed Mynhardt in a full-nelson wrestling pose. Blackburn later told police that he and Cassady wanted to throw Mynhardt out because Cassady needed to go to the bathroom and Mynhardt wouldn't unlock the door.

Blackburn, who was drinking beer that night, put his arms under Mynhardt's arms and his hands behind Mynhardt's head, Kelly told police. Blackburn, then 22, pushed Mynhardt's head forward, according to police reports.

"We're leaving," Mynhardt protested as he lost control of his legs and collapsed to the floor. Blackburn fell on top of him while someone else kicked him, Cassady said, according to court records. Kelly went to Mynhardt's side.

"I can't feel my legs," Mynhardt exclaimed.

Cassady, then a month shy of his 21st birthday, had drunk about eight beers, according to court documents. He and others grabbed Mynhardt by the legs, dragged him through the kitchen and dumped him outside, aggravating his injury. Kelly urged them to bring him inside.

"Call 9-1-1," Mynhardt shouted, cursing.

When police arrived, a panicked Mynhardt asked if he was paralyzed. Cassady told an officer he was "worried" about his fraternity chapter, according to a police report. Cassady and Blackburn were arrested for serious assault. The charges were dismissed in 2010 after Mynhardt chose not to pursue them.

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