Administrators at Troy University in Alabama are now investigating the FarmHouse fraternity for a Halloween skit that involved members portraying President Donald Trump, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and border patrol agents.
A video obtained by The Tab shows students — some dressed as Trump and some dressed border patrol agents — chasing another student dressed as an illegal immigrant, who jumped over a wall to escape. After the "illegal immigrant" is detained, one fraternity member can be heard on the video saying "Pesos accepted."
What was the school's response?
The university released a statement condemning the fraternity's actions and stating that the Dean of Student Services and Office of Student Involvement are now investigating the matter.
"Troy University does not condone the actions and images depicted in the video," the university said in a statement to AL.com. "Troy University's student population is one of the most diverse and international in the state of Alabama, and TROY is committed to the cultivation of a positive, inclusive environment."
The school also held a town hall meeting on Friday to allow students the opportunity to discuss the incident.
What was the fraternity's response?
CEO of the FarmHouse nationwide fraternity Christian Wiggins condemned the actions, maintaining they were inconsistent with the principles of the organization:
“We are disturbed by news that those members wore insensitive costumes and performed an offensive skit. This behavior is not consistent with FarmHouse principles, and we are coordinating with the University and chapter to further investigate these concerns.
FarmHouse at Troy is a diverse organization, and the men pride themselves on bringing individuals together from all different backgrounds. We will not tolerate discrimination in any form and once the investigation is complete will ensure that members involved are held accountable through our conduct process.”
The local chapter also apologized in a statement, expressing regret for their actions:
“We sincerely apologize for the actions that occurred during an event at the fraternity house on Oct. 31. These actions fall well short of the standards we expect of our members, and the individuals responsible will face appropriate disciplinary action.
We deeply regret the hurt caused to members of our Troy community, and we are working closely with University officials to ensure something like this does not happen again. We will learn from this and take steps to regain the trust of the University and community."