Hazing and drug use investigated at FIU frat
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A series of Facebook posts referring to hazing and drug use by members of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Florida International University has led to the fraternity's suspension.
Roughly 70 images have been retrieved by an anonymous source off the "Pike" Facebook page, which has since been deleted. The images allegedly feature members of the organization selling and distributing drugs to their own members and other students in the Greek Community.
It was referred to as the "Pike Pharmacy." There were also entries that documented hazing, which showed that members and pledges to the frat had vandalized another fraternity house on campus.
In one post they detailed the sale of prescription drugs writing, "So I've sold out of 20mg addy. I have a few 10mg addy left. $5 a pop first come first serve."
Nude photos of women were also shared on the page, and in one such photo, one member believes, the girl was 17 at the time when the photo was taken.
In another post they welcomed the new fraternity brothers to the FIU Pike chapter and encouraged members to post pictures of women. They warned members not to let anyone see the page since it may contain pictures of naked women and chapter business.
A member of another fraternity on campus said it presents a bad example of what Greek life should be. "I think it tilts the perception in a negative direction. In reality, fraternity and sororities are mostly beneficial in many ways," said FIU senior David Serrano.
Other students, however, had mixed reactions regarding the fraternity. "I don't think it's nice. They should not do it at all. I don't think anyone should behave like that, but I don't think it is anything surprising," said FIU Freshman Gabriela Vallardias.
FIU dual enrollment student Briana Lirio agreed, saying, "I think it is a bit disrespectful, but I'm not really surprised."
FIU sophomore Oscar Martier said, "Obviously, it is bad for the university. Like hazing and selling of drugs, you can't be doing that here in school."
A statement has since been released by FIU: "Earlier this week, the University was made aware of Facebook postings which appear to be linked to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Kappa Gamma chapter and members of the fraternity. The university is taking this information very seriously because it suggests possible Student Code of Conduct violations. The university took prompt action and placed the fraternity on interim suspension pending the outcome of investigations by appropriate university departments, including the police. As a result, the fraternity has been instructed to cease all meetings and events."
A spokesperson for the national fraternity said they were unaware of the activity until they received the e-mails Tuesday. "The international fraternity has been assured of the chapter's full compliance with the temporary suspension and subsequent investigation," said Pike Spokesperson Justin D. True.
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