There’s a fine line between actual, dangerous hazing and a bunch of guys being idiots. Most people can’t tell the difference — or they can, but common sense goes out the window because it can’t be cited as the law. Normally, the general over-sensitized population gets it wrong. But sometimes they get it wrong for, well, the other reasons. I take you on a journey to the Phi Gamma Delta chapter at West Virginia University where the following was reported:
Just before 11:30 a.m., witnesses had reported that a large group of people were beating a man and stuffing him in the trunk of a car. When officers arrived, they noticed a group of people with scrapes on their hands and knees, who looked like they had been in a fight, police said. The group was trying to leave the area in a tan Nissan Altima. Upon further investigation, officers found a 21-year-old man in the trunk of the car, bound with duct tape. according to a news release from the police department.
Officers determined that this — this — was just a fraternity prank. We like to joke around, but we’re not monsters! People said a clever “Send Nudes” parody to the tune of “Hey Jude” is harassment. They say maracas on a Queso for CASA philanthropy event symbolize cultural appropriation. And they say hosting a Jail ‘N’ Bail event to combat literacy issues makes a mockery of those incarcerated. But a man beaten and shoved into someone’s trunk is just some good, ole horsing around? Makes no sense. Since when do accidental words hurt more than physical abuse?
I do not want to live on this Earth.
Police have notified WVU’s campus of the incident. The school is in contact with the national fraternity..