Courtesy of Michael Trunko

Waterboarding is a form or torture that simulates drowning. A recently-released video by student media outlet Mustang News shows it may have been used as a punishment by members of a Cal Poly fraternity. KCBX News’ Tyler Pratt spoke with Mustang News Editor-In-Chief, Austin Linthicum.


On December 2, 2008, 18-year-old Carson Starkey was involved in a fraternity ritual at San Luis Obispo's California Polytechnic State University. As part of an iniation hazing, he was compelled to drink large quantities of alcohol. After becoming unresponsive, instead of taking Starkey to the hospital, Sigma Alpha Epsilon members left him to sleep it off on a mattress, out of fear of getting themselves in trouble. Starkey never woke up.