Texas Tech Fraternity Removes 6 Members After Racist Texts Go Viral

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Texas Texas University has removed six of their members after racist texts in a GroupMe group chat went viral on social media.
The texts, appearing in a GroupMe group chat called “Frat Chat”, showed texts suggesting that “death” was the “only solution” when it comes to immigration in the United States. Another text read: “I’ve met ranchers that kill illegals and bury them under cattle graves along the border.”
A statement from the national fraternity chapter said that the texts “did not represent what the fraternity stands for.
“After a swift, thorough investigation, Tau Kappa Epsilon and our Omicron-Rho chapter at Texas Tech have removed six members as of Friday, June 22. Their disgusting, hateful language doesn’t align with our values of love, charity and esteem and have no place in TKE,” the statement read.
Texas Tech’s Interfraternity Council also released a full Statement on Twitter:

“Today, on Thursday, June 21, the Texas Tech Interfraternity Council was made aware of a student discussion shared on social media involving a member of the IFC community. The worlds and ideas expressed in these messages do not represent the ideals and value of the IFC and Texas Tech University. this rephrehensible langauge has no place within our organizations, school, or society.
Texas Tech has a roboust and proud community of fraternity and sorority members who exemplify what community should mean. The Messages shared are not a relfection of the spirit and engery that surrounds so much of Greek life at Texas Tech. The Interfraternity Council is committed to making sure that a thorough investigation into these comments is conducted and that those responsible are hend accountable.”

The name of the students who were removed from the fraternity has not been released.

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