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Tue May 18, 2021, 03:07 AM

Bucknell University condemns 'horrific incident' against LGBTQ student community / orders investigan

Bucknell University condemns 'horrific incident' against LGBTQ student community and orders investigation
By Artemis Moshtaghian and Christina Maxouris, CNN

In a Friday statement, university officials in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, said a group of male students approached the Fran's House student residence -- also known as Tower House -- on Thursday night and allegedly "harassed and intimidated" residents while trying to enter the building.


Luong said the harassment came from nearly 20 former members of a fraternity that once was based in the building. Compounding the horror was a late and lacking response from campus public safety officials, he wrote.

Luong said the assailants banged on windows and doors, swung a metal bar at a flag pole that displays a pride flag and urinated on the front porch.
"They yelled, 'Let us in!', 'This isn't your home!', 'This is our home!'" he wrote.
The building formerly housed the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity until two years ago, when the group was removed, university officials said in their statement.

The fraternity no longer formally exists at the university or is recognized as a student organization and has been banned from campus operation, officials said. Bucknell, in an anti-hazing report, said it terminated recognition of the chapter in 2019 amid allegations of underage drinking, the use of dog shock collars on members and other activity that could lead to bodily injury.
CNN reached out Monday to the national TKE office for comment.


In his letter, Luong said safety officers did not arrive in a timely manner. And when they did, he claims, they laughed at the situation.

"The officers bonded with our offenders, reminiscing their college days and calling them handsome young men. President Bravman, the two officers didn't even speak to me. Neither of the two officers came up to us Fran's House residents to ask if we were okay."


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