Our network

Emory frat suspends activities after veterans heckled | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Emory frat suspends activities after veterans heckled

ATLANTA – A fraternity at Emory University has suspended all activities after a group of college students reportedly heckled veterans at a Wounded Warrior event in Panama City Beach, Fla.

WJGH-TV reports that the veterans were in town last weekend for the Warrior Beach Retreat. The soldiers were staying at the Lake Town Wharf Resort at the same time students in the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau from the University of Florida and Emory University were in town for their spring formal.

The veterans said college students threw beer on them from balconies and spit on them.

"They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that's just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I'm defending myself," wounded veteran Nicholas Connole told WJGH.

Linda Cope, founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat, said she's never seen such disgusting behavior.

"They're a total disgrace for our military," she said. "They were urinating on the American flag they were throwing things off of the balconies."

Laurence Bolotin, the executive director of Zeta Beta Tau International, issued a statement saying that "there is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior."

The fraternity's chapters at the University of Florida and Emory have both suspended all activities and are cooperating in the investigation, Bolotin said.

Three members of the University of Florida's chapter have been expelled from the fraternity, and the organization is continuing to investigate the incident.

"We are committed to fully addressing the events that took place, and will be hiring an independent investigator to help us gather all of the facts," Bolotin said in the statement.

Emory University issued a statement saying that its Campus Life administrators have begun an investigation.

"To date, no evidence has been found to implicate Emory students in these reported incidents," the statement read. "If any members of our community are identified as being responsible, they will be held accountable for their actions by the university."

Material from WJGH-TV was used in this report.