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Syracuse Frat Made Another Video Mocking a Disabled Person's 'Light Rape'

Theta Tau has been permanently expelled from the New York university, and 18 students involved have been removed from classes.

by Lauren Messman
Apr 23 2018, 2:29pm

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Just days after an engineering frat at New York's Syracuse University, Theta Tau, apologized for an "extremely racist" video showing members swearing to hate "n*ggers, sp*cs, and most importantly the fuckin' k*kes," a second video emerged apparently showing brothers dramatizing the sexual assault of a disabled person.

According to the Daily Orange, the student newspaper that obtained it, the second video appears to be set, like the first one released last week, at the Theta Tau house. This clip, roughly two minutes long and reportedly posted on a "secret" frat Facebook page, depicts members crowding around a man sitting in a rolling office chair as someone in the video explains that he's "brain-dead from being chronically whipped." Two members then approach him and pretend to force him into oral sex.

"He's drooling out of his mouth, because he’s retarded in a wheelchair. So the hole is already very lubricated," someone is heard saying. "Yankee is totally unaware of this light rape that’s occurring."

The first video showed members vowing to hate black, Hispanic, and Jewish people in a "sacred" oath, and was deemed "extremely racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities" by Syracuse's chancellor. In the fraternity's initial apology, the group said the footage was "a satirical sketch" meant to roast one of its members who is a "conservative Republican." It's not clear if the second video was also part of the frat's apparent theatrical performance, but either way the mock sexual assault of a disabled person elicited howls of laughter from the audience.

The school's chancellor, Kent Syverud, addressed the second video after it was published by the Daily Orange on Sunday, calling it "unacceptable and deeply harmful." The frat was permanently expelled on Saturday, and 18 students who were "present at the sponsored event" have been removed from classes, campus police chief, Bobby Maldonado, said in a statement. As the investigation continues, individual students involved could face expulsion or suspension from the school, according to the student paper.

"There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for tolerance of this behavior," Syverud said.

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