Mother of Northwestern women’s basketball star Jordan Hankins claims sorority hazing caused her daughter’s death
- Jordan Hankins was found dead on Northwestern University’s campus in 2017
- Mother Felicia Hankins has now filed a negligence and emotional distress complaint listing a sorority and 11 others as defendants
- Felicia claims that the hazing Jordan experienced while pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha led to her severe anxiety and depression and eventual suicide
A mother whose college basketball star daughter committed suicide in 2017 is blaming the death of her child on sorority hazing.
Felicia Hankins’ 19-year-old daughter, Jordan Hankins, was found dead in her Northwestern University dorm room in January 2017. A coroner ruled that the women’s basketball team guard had committed suicide by hanging.
Just a couple days before the anniversary of Jordan’s death, Felicia has filed a 50-page complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday, naming Northwestern University’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority as well as 11 others as defendants as having contributed to Jordan’s death, the Daily Northwestern reported.
Northwestern University basketball star Jordan Hankins’ mother, Felicia Hankins, has filed a complaint against a sorority and 11 others in the wake of Jordan’s 2017 suicide
Felicia (right) claims that the hazing Jordan experienced while pledging at for Northwestern’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha left her with severe anxiety and depression
Felicia’s complaint including counts of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The complaint claims that hazing that Jordan experienced while pledging for Alpha Kappa Alpha resulted in her experiencing severe anxiety and depression, which came into play when she took her own life.
Among the things that Jordan experienced, Felicia claims, are physical and emotional abuse, sleep deprivation and financial exploitation.
The complaint states that the AKA sorority and the 11 others — including students and advisors at the time of Jordan’s death — should have recognized that the hazing Jordan experienced was ‘extreme, outrageous and unlawful.’
Felicia’s complaint states that the defendants had been told that Jordan was mentally unstable and suicidal in the wake of the hazing and that it was ‘foreseeable’ that she would commit suicide.
Jordan was a guard on Northwestern’s women’s basketball team. She was found dead in her dorm room in January 2017 from suicide, according to the coroner
During the hazing, Felicia claims that Jordan experienced physical and emotional abuse, sleep deprivation and financial exploitation, all things that contributed to her suicide
According to the family’s lawyer said in a statement to ABC Chicago that, ‘Despite repeated warnings that the hazing was triggering Hankins’ anxiety and depression, we allege that AKA failed to take action to stop the abuse, resulting in Hankins taking her own life. It is critical that we hold the sorority and the individuals who were personally involved accountable — and to eliminate these dangerous and deadly rituals before another tragedy occurs.’
Northwestern University suspended AKA from campus from May 2016 to Fall 2019, according to a university official, meaning the sorority was prohibited from recruiting or hosting events.
But, Felicia’s complaint states that her daughter was hazed in late 2016 — when the sorority was suspended.
A Northwestern spokesperson said that the university was aware of Felicia’s complaint and that it ‘Northwestern remains deeply saddened by the death of Jordan Hankins two years ago, and we continue to send our kindest thoughts and condolences to her friends and family.
The spokesperson also confirmed that AKA ‘has been and continues to be suspended from the University.’