Frat's Facebook Page Shows Women In Compromising Positions

It isn't a good year to have brothers from different mothers. Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho is the latest fraternity to join what is quickly becoming a national hall of shame after police say they uncovered the group's hidden Facebook page, which featured unsettling photos of students that would break the hearts of concerned, tuition-paying parents everywhere.

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Police reportedly obtained two search warrants for a Facebook page entitled "Covert Business Transactions" and a follow-up page called "2.0" that was created after one of the frat's alleged "victims" saw the first page and had it taken down. Members of Kappa Delta Rho reportedly posted photos of half-naked women who appeared to either be sleeping or passed out, in addition to pictures that showed hazing activity and even drug deals.

Penn State is not taking this lightly, particularly given the negative national press other frats have recently attracted doing things that range from bonehead to downright bad, ugly, and even monstrous. The fraternity has been suspended while the university, Interfraternity Council, and national fraternity investigate.

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It seems schools are finally headed in the right direction when it comes to how they handle frats that have been engaging for far too long in idiotic, misogynist behaviors with few or no repercussions. I hate to call these organizations out for what's been going on, but if the shoes fits ... behold, a brief timeline:

September 2014: Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee are accused of putting date rape drugs in women's drinks. When police searched their house the night of a raging party, they found 42 underage students.

September 2014: Rutgers University sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dies after being taken from a fraternity party at Delta Kappa Epsilon in distress. Reports indicated her death was related to alcohol consumption.

September 2014: Bill Frezza, president of the Beta Foundation, which is the house corporation for MIT's Chi Phi fraternity, writes a controversial piece for Forbes that pinpoints the single greatest threat to all frats: drunk women, obviously.

September 2014: Clemson University student Tucker Hipps, 19, dies while pledging Sigma Phi Epsilon. Hipps' death was considered the 15th "serious incident" involving Clemson frats since Aug. 20. As a result, all 24 fraternities were suspended.

November 2014: West Virginia University makes the call to suspend ALL frats and sororities after an 18-year-old student was found not breathing and without a pulse at Kappa Sigma House.

March 2014: Oklahoma University's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter is suspended after a video surfaces showing members of the frat chanting a racist song about never allowing African Americans into their organization.

These examples are pulled from the last few months—there are countless others that we could include from the past few years that make us question why it took so long to come down hard on fraternities.

We can't expect teens and very young adults to make the right decisions 100 percent of the time when they find themselves out in the world on their own, but we have to hold them accountable when they disrespect others or even put their lives in danger.

What are your thoughts on fraternities? Should they even continue to exist?

 

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