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NC State fraternity placed on interim suspension after 'embarrassing, scary' book found

Posted March 19, 2015
Updated March 20, 2015

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— Pi Kappa Phi has placed its North Carolina State University chapter on interim suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into the contents of a book that was found at a restaurant near campus, the fraternity announced Friday morning.

The little, green book, filled with handwritten comments, included racially and sexually charged language and derogatory comments about women and children.

Calls to NC State's Tau Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Thursday night went unreturned. No one answered at the fraternity's national headquarters in Charlotte, either, but the fraternity posted on its website overnight about the interim suspension.

“The written comments and quotes reported earlier this evening are offensive and unacceptable,” Pi Kappa Phi Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes said in a statement. “These statements are inconsistent with the values of Pi Kappa Phi and will not be tolerated. We have instructed our students to cooperate fully with all investigation efforts."

An interim suspension means that the fraternity can not hold meetings or participate in philanthropic events during the investigation.

Fred Hartman, of NC State's community relations department, issued this statement:

"NC State was made aware tonight of these disturbing allegations and immediately began investigating."

Katie Perry, a senior, at State, told WRAL News that her co-workers found what appears to be a fraternity pledge book at a restaurant near campus.

"That's embarrassing and scary," she said of the book's contents.

The comments were signed in places, and the names match up to those listed as brothers on the Pi Kappa Phi website.

"This is just a group of 60-something young men at State making jokes about raping people, raping children, raping dead women, making very overt racist comments."

At the fraternity's home on campus, no one answered the door Thursday night, although people could be seen inside the house.

"They were all sitting in the living room, but when they saw me they made a bee-line for the back room," WRAL's Ken Smith said.

A short while later, someone inside completely closed the curtains. Smith also saw several young men leaving the house and driving away.

By 9:30 p.m., the list of brothers' names was removed from the Pi Kappa Phi website.

Excerpts from the book are disturbing.

"It will be short and painful, just like when I rape you," one page reads.

"If she's hot enough, she doesn't need a pulse," says another.

"That tree is so perfect for lynching," reads another.

"Be kind to the whales because they'll lead you to the dolphins," says a fourth.

Perry hopes the discovery of the book is a wakeup call for those who wrote the comments and others on campus.

"I hope other fraternities are disgusted," she said. "I hope that if they do have this sort of thing going on in theirs, that they'll realize, whether they want to or not, that they should change, that they shouldn't promote this kind of behavior.

"There's no excuse," Perry continued. "These aren't children. They're my age. They're saying this. They know what they're doing."



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  • Andi Rueny Mar 21, 2015
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    Thanks for proving my point Rob.

  • Floyd Bridges Mar 20, 2015
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    Unfortunately, the can o worms has been opened a long time ago. It's called political correctness and it's destroying our freedoms and our society.

  • Guy Percy Mar 20, 2015
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    Yep, the racist chant and the NCSU book are BOTH free speech. Offensive? Yes Illegal? Nope. When we start limiting what is free and what is not free speech is when we open a can of worms that impacts ALL of our rights.

  • Guy Percy Mar 20, 2015
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    Are you serious? If I leave my wallet by accident and it has money in it that doesn't make it ok for somebody to take it.

  • Michael Harmon Mar 20, 2015
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    you notice how everyone's always "shocked" when these things come out and that these go against the "culture of these institutions," yet incidents like this continue to occur. Gee, I wonder why?

  • Rob Douglas Mar 20, 2015
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    Well Andi Rueny, if you want to compare apples and oranges that's fine. A wallet typically carries things of value and is not a "book of quotes," two different situations. If my wallet contained something that was derogatory and misrepresented the values of an organization that I work for or represent, then I would expect for there to be consequences. Not necessarily legal consequences, but consequences in general.

  • Clovis Sangrail Mar 20, 2015
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    " "And while it "appears" no laws have been broken that are prosecutable, there are certainly laws of good taste
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    AND by the way, necrophilia is a crime.
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    There is no "law of good taste". Dont confuse homespun wisdom with the NC Criminal Code. There is nothing illegal here.

    This is not "abandoned" property under NC GS 116. It is "misplaced". Therefor it is incumbent on the person in possession of it to try to return it to the proper owners if they can be ascertained, or turn it over to police for it to be returned. They are not allowed to exploit it.

    And there is no actual necrophilia going on! Alluding to necrophilia by a teenager in a joke isnt a crime and we dont need to be in a panic about it.

    If you dont like the phrases used in the book, then dont use them.

    We dont need creepy middle age guys going around with video camera trying to look in the windows of a bunch of 18 year old boys. Thats not reporting.

  • Andi Rueny Mar 20, 2015
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    I truly hope each of you leave your wallet or something you own in a public place and when someone finds it and keeps it you try to say it was stolen after you have plainly said on here over and over FINDERS KEEPERS.

  • Alexia Proper Mar 20, 2015
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    There is nothing illegal here. But, it is illegal to not return the book to its owners.

    I'm enabling free speech, yes. God bless our Constitution.

  • Rob Douglas Mar 20, 2015
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    Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of speech without consequences.

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