UT to investigate claim of ‘alcohol enema’ at frat
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:00 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee officials said Wednesday that claims a fraternity gave one of its members an alcohol enema that sent the student to the hospital with a dangerously high level of intoxication have given the campus a black eye.
Vice Chancellor for Student Life W. Timothy Rogers said the university will conduct an investigation of the Saturday incident at Pi Kappa Alpha and the dozen people cited for underage drinking.
“This in some ways has tarnished the entire university community,” Rogers said. “We feel we’ve got a black eye.”
Meanwhile, the father of the student who was hospitalized, 20-year-old Alexander P. Broughton, said he has recovered and returned to classes. Mark Broughton told The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Pndf7d) Tuesday that some of the information released by the Knoxville Police Department was erroneous.
“My concern is the defamation of character that is occurring to my son,” Broughton said. “I’m not saying the entire story is false — it’s not. But portions of it were significantly erroneous.”
Broughton declined to be specific about what was wrong, saying the family was investigating precisely what happened.
Knoxville Police issued a news release Monday that said, “Upon extensive questioning it is believed that members of the fraternity were utilizing rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol.”
Authorities said the technique is supposed to enhance the effects of alcohol and that the student’s blood alcohol was measured at above 0.40, a level that can be fatal.
KPD spokesman Darryl DeBusk said because the incident happened on campus, it turned the case over to UT police and would continue to assist. UT police issued the underage drinking citations on Tuesday.
Mark Broughton questioned why Knoxville police released any information if they did not complete an investigation.
Pi Kappa Alpha, which is based in Memphis, said it suspended its Zeta chapter at UT for 30 days while it investigates the incident.
In a statement posted on the national chapter website, the fraternity stated the organization aims to foster integrity and high moral character.
“These alleged activities are clearly not consistent with that mission, nor are they representative of what the Fraternity would expect from any of its members,” the statement continued.
Mark Broughton said his family will have a public statement after they investigate what took place. He did not rule out legal action.
“But I want to follow the facts first,” he said.
Rogers said the incident came about 10 days after administrators met with fraternity and sorority leaders to discuss following campus rules.
“It’s very disconcerting that it happened so soon after that meeting,” he said. “We are a dry campus, but I’m not naive enough to think it won’t go on.”
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
Published in The Messenger 9.27.12