Some In OU's Greek Community Are Worried About SAE Video Backlash

Saturday, March 14th 2015, 7:22 pm

By: News 9

The attorney for the former University of Oklahoma fraternity, SAE, claimed members have received death threats since a racist chant was caught on tape. 

3/13/2015 Related Story: SAE Attorney Stephen Jones: 'We Are Not Here In Hopes Of Legal Solution'

Saturday marked the start of spring break for OU students and in the opinion of one concerned mother, the break couldn't have come at a better time.

“Ready for her to come home and me [sic] hug her,” the concerned mother, who did not want to be identified, said.

Living dozens of miles away, it's hard for this mother or any parent to just watch as the racist chant by SAE fraternity members was caught on camera.

And the University of Oklahoma became the newest platform for racism in America.

“And as they take their belongings out of the house, I hope they reflect on what they've done. I hope they reflect on what they've said and the pain they've caused,” OU President David Boren said.

The fraternity house was closed, two members were expelled and an investigation was launched by the university regarding the remaining members.

Backlash to the video came as swift as the school's punishment.

But this concerned mother said she fears the anger toward one fraternity is being directed at the entire Greek community. “I worry. I worry for her,” she said. “I think that that's the feeling that every one that's Greek is bad and everyone that's Greek supports the values of SAE, which is certainly not true.”

Her daughter is in a sorority at OU and she said tires have been slashed and warnings have been sent out to take Greek letters off cars, to not walk alone and she said many of the members feel they can't go to police with their concerns.

“I don't think they want to come across as not sympathetic to the situation with SAE. They think it's wrong, but yet it seems like they're being told just be hush for a little bit,” the mother told News 9.

Now this mother said she doesn't want to be hushed any longer about the video and has a question for the people wanting to hurt others. “We were disgusted by it,” she said. “Does it make you feel better to hurt somebody else the same way you're hurting?” She asked.

News 9 has filed a request with OU police for all reports within the last week and we are waiting on those documents.


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