After a challenging few days, Oklahoma University expelled two students accused of being part of the leadership team in creating a racist video. University President David Boren issued a statement today, assuring the public that the investigation of Sigma Alpha Epilson’s video was ongoing.
“I have acted today to expel two students who were leaders in the singing of a racist change. When the identities of others involved is confirmed, they will face appropriate disciplinary action,” says Boren.
According to reports, the video has created a “hostile environment” for students and staff. While the names of the students were not immediately released, the student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, identified one of the leaders of the chant as freshman student Parker Rice. The Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas issued a statement from the president admitting that one of their students had led the “unconscionable” chant. Parker Rice is a graduate of the institution.
The video was posted online on Sunday by a black student group at Oklahoma University showing students on a rented bus singing racial slurs that targeted blacks. The song made references to lynching, and that blacks would never be admitted to the chapter’s fraternity, SAE in Norman, although there have been black members in the past. SAE members have until Tuesday night to vacate the fraternity house.
Some students from the Delta Delta Delta sorority chapter have been said to have been chanting in the video as well. The national office has issued a statement saying “the behavior documented in the video is deplorable and is in no way consistent with Tri Delta’s ideals and core values.” The chapter then tweeted, “We fully support our OU president. We are NOT under investigation. The statement on our website is national protocol.” This has drawn ire from many Twitter followers.
We fully support our OU president. We are NOT under investigation. The statement on our website is national protocol. #notonOUrcampus
— OU Tri Delta (@OUTriDelta) March 10, 2015