By Jacob McCleland, Brian Hardzinski & Kate Carlton Greer at KGOU.org
Two students involved in the video where a bus full of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members participated in a chant with racial slurs and derogatory language against African-Americans apologized in separate statements Tuesday evening.
The Dallas Morning News reports both teens are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The family of Parker Rice confirmed he withdrew from the university Monday, and his father issued a statement on his behalf.
“I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened. I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation. It’s more important to acknowledge what I did and what I didn’t do. I didn’t say no, and I clearly dismissed an important value I learned at my beloved high school, Dallas Jesuit [College Preparatory School]. We were taught to be ‘Men for Others.’ I failed in that regard, and in those moments, I also completely ignored the core values and ethics I learned from my parents and others...
Schools: University of Oklahoma