DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The leader of the racist fraternity chant video that has spread like wildfire over the internet is from Dallas.
The President of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas issued a statement via the school’s website, which says in part, “In the recent video regarding OU and the SAE fraternity it appears that a graduate from Jesuit Dallas is leading the racist chant.” CBS 11’s Steve Pickett talked with President Mike Earsing, who confirms Parker Rice, a 2014 graduate of Jesuit Prep, is seen on the video.
“We don’t tolerate that here,” said Earsing, adding that if it happened while Rice had been a student there he would have been expelled.
Earsing went on to say, “My prayers are with him and his family for the mistake he made, and I hope God will change his heart if that’s how he feels about it.”
The video, posted to the internet over the weekend, shows a bus full of Sigma Epsilon Alpha members chanting racial slurs in unison, which indicate that an African American would never be admitted to their chapter. University of Oklahoma President David Boren spoke out condemning the video and the university severed all ties with the fraternity. Members were forced to move out of the fraternity house by midnight on Wednesday.
The University of Oklahoma has promised a thorough investigation into the video and on mid-morning Tuesday, the school issued a statement confirming two students who played “a leadership role” in the singing of the chant have been expelled. Rice is one of those students. CBS 11 is working to confirm the identity of the second student, who may also have ties to Dallas. According to the statement, Boren said the students created a “hostile learning environment for others.”
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