Update to the SUNY Geneseo Hazing

October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM EDT

GENESEO COUNTY (WKBW) - Students claim they were handcufed, blindfolded and forced to drink massive amounts of alcohol. The women accused of the crime, including three from Buffalo, are now fighting back.

The eight members of the SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team plead not guilty last night in court and their attorney says they are not the monsters they're being portrayed as.

But police say the women went overboard at a so called initiation party last month and abused eight freshman who recently joined the team.

One of the girls had to be rushed to the hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning.

The attorneys representing the suspects, including three from Western New York, are hoping to settle the issue out of court and will meet with the prosecutor to discuss that.

Meanwhile SUNY Geneseo is still investigating and taking this very seriously.

"When the institution says something it means something so when the institution says hazing will not be tolerated it is compelled to take action when hazing takes place," said Robert Bonfiglio.

And they did take action, the school has suspended the entire volleyball season, and those accused could face more disciplinary action.

Once again those involved deny doing anything criminal. They are expected to be back in court on November 13th.

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