It has been reported that newly-crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of her sorority organization for abusing new recruits with extreme hazing.
According to feminist website Jezebel, Kazantsev and a friend were kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority in Hofstra University in April 2013 after a months-long investigation revealed that they made the lives of new recruits a ‘living hell’ with several kinds of physical and verbal degradations that contravened the school’s code of conduct. The investigation was ignited after Kazantsev – who was the head of recruitment for the sorority – and the other girl were reported for subjecting recruits to ‘dirty pledging’.
The Miss America Organization on Monday issued a statement confirming the report as true. However:
Kira has been fully transparent with the Miss America Organization about her termination from the Alpha Phi sorority. It’s unfortunate that this incident has been exploited to create a storyline that distracts from what we should be focusing on: Kira’s impressive academic achievements at Hofstra University, including earning a triple major from the Honors College and her commitment to serving her community.
‘Kira is an exceptional ambassador for the Miss America Organization, and we are excited to be a part of her journey as a force for good across our nation, promoting education and service and working to empower young women,’ the statement concluded.