WIU Students Arrested for Hazing

Seven Western Illinois University students have been charged with hazing.

On May 2nd Macomb Police responded to 301 N. Johnson Street where they had a complaint of an intoxicated man. When officers arrived, they found him to be non-responsive and had a dangerously high blood alcohol level. He was taken to McDonough District Hospital and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

After an investigation, authorities determined his condition was due to a hazing incident involving the WIU Rugby team. During the hazing incident, team members were made to consume large amounts of alcohol in a very short time span, and the victim had passed out at the residence.

Arrested on Friday for hazing were 23-year-old Lucas Sgarlata, 21-year-old Aiden Belcher, 24-year-old John Landes, 19-year-old Bradley Basala, 20-year-old Jack Lord, and 22-year-old Kevin Campion.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 20-year-old Steven Schroeder, but police think the student has gone home because the semester is over.