Fraternity suspended in burn injury

Associated Press

A campus fraternity in Pomona has been suspended while the school investigates claims that a student was burned during an initiation.

Cal Poly Pomona announced Wednesday that it suspended the local chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon and nine fraternity members.

College spokesman Tim Lynch said the school is investigating an alleged initiation in which 14 students were blindfolded, driven to the high desert in March and placed around a bonfire.

He said the blindfolds were removed and gasoline was splashed on the fire for dramatic effect but some got on a student, who suffered second-degree burns to his arms, legs and chest.