The TAMU Panhellenic Community was relieved to learn that by the end of this year’s stressful Recruitment Week, only four girls had committed suicide — an all time low. Many feared the record number of young women entering such a stressful environment would lead to a spike in the suicide rate. Thankfully, that was not the case.
Still, the week was not without its tragedies. “I was so excited for my daughter to go through Recruitment like I did during my time at A&M. It breaks my heart that she would make a decision like this. She had so much potential,” said Susan McKinney, mother of one of the victims.
A week of sleepily trudging through the Texas heat left many girls with nightmares of wiping sweat away with coffee filters while sorority girls screeched and clapped in unison. These haunting flashbacks proved to break four of this year’s young, normally strong-willed women.
Among them was Kasey McKinney, who was found Saturday morning on the floor of her bathroom after crying herself to sleep the night before.
Additional stress was added to this year’s recruitment process due to the banning of Chick-fil-A products for all current and potential sorority members. “I would kill myself before going a week without Chick-fil-A,” said Brittani Wyler, a current member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
Despite Wyler’s insensitive remarks, the TAMU community has reached out to the friends and family of those lost this year.
Bethany Nolan, the President of Texas A&M’s Collegiate Panhellenic Council, said “We can only hope that they can live with the decisions they made. I just hate that these girls will have to wait until they are sophomores to go through recruitment again.”
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