TKE Frat Suspended At University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee As Police Investigate Date Rape Drug Party Claims

Frat boys from Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee have been accused of slipping date rape drugs to young women at an off-campus party on Friday night after several female and one male student became so utterly incapacitated that police had to be called.

A UWM residence hall called the police three different times early Saturday morning after students came back to the dorm “unable to stand or walk.” All of the incapacitated students had X’s written on the back of their hands, which they said they got from the TKE party. And here’s where the part of the story gets weird. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A breath test showed [one woman’s] blood-alcohol level at 0.20 — more than twice the limit of 0.08 considered proof of intoxication in Wisconsin — and she was taken to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital. Officers noticed she had a red X on her hand. Fifteen minutes later, officers were called to assist another severely intoxicated woman at the dorm. She, too, had a red X on her hand and was unable to speak clearly or walk. As officers helped that woman, a man vomited in a nearby trash can. The man, who had a black X on his hand, told police that he had been drinking at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house. He had a female friend with him — who like the other women had a red X on her hand — and she said to get into the fraternity house they had to know someone inside. When they arrived at the party, they received a black or red X on their hand. Only female guests could purchase an index card for $8. The index card provided “all access to the house” and the female guests could use it to get free alcohol from one of the bars in the house. The woman told police she had one or two drinks and gave the rest to the male friend.

Police assume — although it has not yet been confirmed — the red Xs had something to do with their drinks being drugged. Indeed, one of the young women told an officer in a followup conversation that a Facebook post said TKE had given roofies to the women, perhaps via the free alcohol they had access to. That same young woman confirmed to the cops that she had a “weird feeling and sensation prior to blacking out.” She had also remembered how a fraternity member had gotten upset at her when she had poured drinks out, which she did for an unknown reason.

Perhaps what is most telling are some quotes that other Milwaukee students gave to WTMJ, a Wisconsin radio station:

“It doesn’t surprise me,” says student Surya Chionesu. “I actually went to that house for my first college party two years ago, and I never went back. As a woman, you can tell they did not have the best intentions.”

“They have been known for having parties where they do drug people,” adds a student who wanted to remain anonymous, in fear of backlash. “One of my friends was at a party there once and said she saw some really ugly things. She was very uncomfortable. She called me to come get her.”

You have to wonder how a frat allegedly drugging female guests at multiple parties is an open secret that, apparently, no one in authority could act upon. I will be very interested to find out what sorts of formal complaints have been made about students in the frat over the years.

Three women and one men were so fucked up that they had to be taken to the hospital. An additional 42 underage kids were busted by the police while drinking in the frat’s basement. So far, only one person has been arrested in connection with the party; Fox 6 news reported it is not clear whether that person was a member of the frat. Fortunately, the District Attorney has noted, there have not been any allegations of sexual assault due to this party.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, UWM regulates fraternities at the school, but the actual frat house is a private residence off-campus. As of Thursday night, UWM suspended the frat “on an interim basis.”

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