On Friday, the University of Florida closed a fraternity house after several of its members were accused of casting insults and spitting on disabled military veterans at a Panama City Beach resort.
A letter sent to the president of the University of Florida, Kent Fuchs, says the members of Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) were also alleged for hurling beer bottles over a balcony and urinating on the American flag, according to Gainesville Sun.
Charges brought down on the frat house include obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft and causing physical or other harm.
According to The Huffington Post, the Florida chapter of ZBT, which was founded in 1898 in New York exclusively for Jewish students as they weren’t allowed admittance in frat houses, has 128 members.
Condemning the behavior of the individuals responsible for the incident, the fraternity posted on its website, “While the details of their actions are still under investigation, there is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior.
“Their actions have no place in ZBT or anywhere, and they will not be tolerated.”
Commemorating at the Laketown Wharf Resort for an event, the Warrior Beach group said that the fraternity members were speaking obscenities, vomiting from balconies and urinating on the American flag.
The event is held annually to honor the service of the veterans.
Linda Cope, organizer of the event, told WJHG, an NBC affiliate, “They’re a total disgrace for our military. They were urinating on the American flag, they were throwing things off of the balconies.”
According to the Warrior Beach Retreat website, the event was “a time that can give [veterans] hope to carry on … a feeling that their sacrifice was not in vain… and a knowing that we as a nation are truly grateful for their service and sacrifice.”
An apology was issued by the University of Florida on Friday.
“The University of Florida is extremely concerned about reports of illegal behavior involving our students last weekend in Panama City. Our policies establish standards of conduct, and we are investigating this matter.
“We are deeply sorry for any hurt caused to veterans and their families. This is not representative of our students or our university.”
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