Andrew Seely, aged 19, was the unfortunate victim of a fraternity hazing attack by Alphi Chi Rho at Central Michigan University. Seely was smeared in the face with peanut butter by Dale Merza, aged 20, which activated his deadly peanut allergy. Seely had to quickly rush to the hospital to seek treatment, and his face was completely swollen as a result of the incident.
Merza, whose legal representative at the Isabella Country District Court is claiming that he is innocent, is now facing misdemeanor hazing charges along with up to 93 days in jail and a fine of $1000.00 for his non-so-funny attack on his friend, who was sleeping at the time.
Mr Seely was targeted at an off-campus fraternity house, Alpha Chi Rho, which was sanctioned in 2011 for hazing incidents. His mother, Teresa Seely, wrote about the alleged hazing in a viral Facebook post in March, saying: “He could have been killed.” The accounting student only told his family what had happened months afterwards. He blamed the incident for his decision to leave the college.
The teenager’s father, Paul Seely, told CBS News his son could have been killed if the peanut butter had entered his mouth.
The Seely family said their son had made known to other members of the fraternity that he had a severe peanut allergy, for which he carries medication. The National Fraternity of Alphi Chi Rho condemned the incident, saying it did not condone such behaviour.
“Alpha Chi Rho is appalled and upset by the actions taken by individuals against Andrew Seely,” said its statement.