Mother of deceased Northwestern University basketball player suing sorority

CHICAGO, IL — Felicia Hankins, the mother of deceased Northwestern University basketball player Jordan Hankins, is suing one of the school’s sororities in connection to her daughter’s death.

Jordan Hankins committed suicide in January of 2017. She was a sophomore at the time, and was found dead in her dorm room. A medical examiner later determined that she had hung herself.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Felicia Hankins claims that members of Northwestern’s sororities subjected her daughter “to physical abuse including paddling, verbal abuse, mental abuse, financial exploitation, sleep deprivation, items being thrown and dumped on her, and other forms of hazing intended to humiliate and demean her.”

It was also reported that Jordan told sorority members that the hazing was leading to severe distress and suicidal thoughts.

The 50-page complaint names both student members and advisers in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and alleges that the accused should have known that the hazing activities were “extreme, outrageous and unlawful.”


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