Branding of TCU Kappa Sigma Member Prompts Inquiry
Texas Christian University and officials of Kappa Sigma Fraternity are investigating an incident in which a student suffered second- and third-degree burns after being branded on his buttocks during a ski trip.
The student… will have to undergo plastic surgery to repair the damage.
[The student] was injured on the last night of his fraternity’s ski trip at Breckenridge, Colo.
[The student] said that the group drank and got rowdy and that at some point he agreed to allow his fraternity brothers to finish branding the Kappa Sigma letters on his rear end with a hot coat hanger — a brand that was started on a spring break trip more than a year ago.
But his fraternity brothers, [the student] said, took things too far.
"I woke up the next morning and I was in a lot of pain," [the student] said. "My whole other butt cheek was destroyed."
TCU issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying it has begun an investigation.
"University policy prohibits harming another student, which would obviously include branding," [the] spokeswoman said.
Obviously it would include branding. Besides the fact that getting branded is, in and of itself, totally wrong and unimaginable, the main reason we are so outraged about this incident is the branded student’s response to it all. Although the student says no one will tell him exactly what happened the night of the branding or who was responsible, he is still trying to take all of the heat for it by blaming himself for being too drunk. If this doesn’t scream hazing from every direction, we don’t know what would.
Plus, this was not the first time this happened… they were ‘finishing off’ the original job. What?! Imagine the logical conversation that preceded that event:
“Dudes, I am just loving the Kappa Sig brand on my bazooka. I sure wish it had some finer lines though.”
“Well, because we’re brothers and we care so much about you, we’d be happy to clean it up for you.”
“Thanks, you guys are the best.”
“No problem, man. There is nothing worse than having a brand that’s just not what you wanted.”
“Right… and it’s our letters, for God’s sake! We don’t want to disrespect the founders!”
Let’s get this straight. Branding isn’t funny, it’s not even close to funny. Funny things don’t make us throw up in our mouths.
ReferenceMcDonald, M. (2010, January 28). Branding of TCU Kappa Sigma member prompts inquiry. [Electronic Version]. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved March 12, 2010 from: http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1927950.html