3 men arrested in VSU hazing incident

Updated: Apr. 29, 2019 at 3:45 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Three Virginia State University students and fraternity members face charges following a hazing incident that allegedly occurred Sunday.

Petersburg police said the incident was discovered in a dead end area of Pocahontas Island.

Police arrested Deonte Barkley, 22, of Petersburg, George Feggins, 23, of Petersburg, and Michael Snipes, 22, of Philadelphia, PA. All three men are charged with 10 counts of hazing and had a $3,000 bail.

The trio are members of Virginia State University’s Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

“I’m just saddened,” VSU Senior Taylor Jenkins said.

Jenkins found out about the alleged hazing incident through social media. It’s the same way the University and Petersburg police alerted the public.

Virginia State University (VSU) does not condone hazing and has a ZERO tolerance against hazing. VSU has suspended the...

Posted by Virginia State University on Sunday, April 28, 2019

“Hazing is not acceptable, regardless of how the school put it out,” Jenkins said. “They have a job to do, just like the students have rules to follow.”

School officials said, “Virginia State University does not condone hazing and has a zero tolerance against hazing.”

Police arrested the three men Sunday afternoon following the incident discovered at a pull off site near the Appomattox River.

This alleged incident comes six years after two VSU students died while trying to cross the Appomattox during initiation to join a group on campus.

“My initial reaction was just again?!” Jenkins said. “I just think it’s unfortunate."

Petersburg police did not release specific details of the incident but said there were no reported injuries.

Hazing Incident Arrest were made today of three individuals as part of a hazing incident that was discovered in a dead...

Posted by Petersburg Bureau of Police on Sunday, April 28, 2019

Eight fresh T-shirts covered in mud were found in the area where Sunday’s alleged crime is believed to have happened.

VSU officials said eight students who participated in the “activity” are facing disciplinary action due to violating student conduct.

All three men charged have also been suspended by the university pending the outcome of their criminal cases.

“Nobody wants to see their students or their peers go to jail or having to be suspended,” Jenkins said.

Barkley appeared in court Monday morning; his next court appearance is scheduled for June 28.

He provided few words as he left the courthouse, saying “no comment” and “I’m not sure [what happened].”

Snipes and Feggins are scheduled to appear in court May 3.

No further information is available at this time.

Copyright 2019 WWBT. All rights reserved.

Submit a news tip.