The family of a deceased Clemson University student has filed a pair of lawsuits against a fraternity, several students, and the school, according to Buzzfeed. Tucker Hipps was found in Hartwell Lake after a run with his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers in September of 2014. The lawsuit alleges that the morning run was against the school’s hazing policy, but was scheduled anyway. Hipps, pledge class presidents, was allegedly told to bring McDonalds for his fraternity brothers, and when he showed up without the food, he was faced with a confrontation by one his brothers. The lawsuit also claims Hipps may have been pressured into jumping the lake from a bridge during the run, and no one attempted to look for him after he did not return. Instead, the lawsuit says the fraternity brothers tried to delete text messages and calls, and even told Hipps’ girlfriend that he was seen near the library to prevent her from reaching out to his parents. The case is still under police investigation, and the fraternity has been suspended from Clemson University for five years. The Hipps’ lawsuits are seeking $25 million in damages.
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