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UVA Possible Hazing Incident Update: Police Search Zeta Psi Fraternity

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We're learning more about the investigation into a possible hazing incident that sent a UVA student to the hospital.

Investigators say the alleged incident involved a student, John Paul Boldrick, being forced to drink a large amount of soy sauce, resulting in a trip to the emergency room. 

According to search warrants:

"John Paul Boldrick was brought to the ER seizing and foaming at the mouth.  Mr. Boldrick is a current first year student at the University of Virginia and is pledging Zeta Psi Fraternity."

"Peter Flynn, a 21-year-old fourth year student at UVA, is a brother at Zeta psi Fraternity and gave Sgt. Stuart (UVA Police) additional details about the incident.  Mr. Flynn told Sgt. Stuart that fraternity members dared Mr. Boldrick to drink a whole bottle of soy sauce." 

"After drinking the soy sauce, Mr. Boldrick was later found seizing upstairs in the fraternity house.  Robert Laverty, a 21-year-old third year student at UVA, transported Mr. Boldrick to Martha Jefferson Hospital in his personal vehicle."

According to search warrants, the incident involved the Zeta Psi fraternity on February 28. On March 01 university police executed a search looking for emails regarding traditions, pledging processes and hazing rituals of Zeta Psi as well as planning of a meal held on the 28th.

Search warrants show investigators also searched the frat house on Rugby Road for "any logs, rosters, ledgers or other form of storage that would show persons who are pledging to Zeta Psi, or that may contain evidence of hazing at Zeta Psi; the soy sauce container that contained the soy sauce consumed by John Paul Boldrick."

Boldrick was taken to Martha Jefferson Hospital foaming at the mouth and was treated for an electrolyte imbalance, due to the high sodium content in soy sauce. Dr. Lawrence Philips of the UVA Department of Neurology stated, "it can suck water out very acutely depending on how high the sodium level becomes, to the point where the cells are disrupted and may even be killed."

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