Scandal at the University of Pennsylvania where a Peruvian student was seriously injured. (Upenn.edu)
A second-year Peruvian student at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States was seriously injured after being attacked by a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity at a party held on September 4. Given the facts, the house of studies decided to open an investigation.
According to a witness, it was the university student Nicholas Hamilton who beat the victim several times, who does not belong to the fraternity also known as “Castle”. Those who witnessed the scene did not intervene. According to the same witness, the Peruvian was taken by two other members of the fraternity to the street, and was taken by ambulance to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The fact was reported by the newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian.
As reported by the publication University spokesman Stephen MacCarthy and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Tamara L. Greenfield King declined to comment on whether Castle or Hamilton will face the consequences from Penn. Interfraternity Council Vice President of Community Relations Sasha Morledge also declined to comment, citing privacy reasons. “.
The victim, the victim’s brother, and the witness, who is a college sophomore, spoke to Pennsylvania police on September 4 and showed an officer a photo of Hamilton. Both the brother and the witness added that the officer checked the victim’s knuckles and noted that they were not red or bruised, suggesting that the victim did not defend himself.
It is not known whether the Castle or Hamilton fraternity have faced any penalties since the attack. And according to records, no arrests have been made so far.
According to the witness, who asked not to be identified, arrived with the victim at the party around 1 am on September 4, it was not long until Hamilton approached him and pushed him several times. The Peruvian student raised his hand and said aloud that he was leaving the house. But Hamilton proceeded to beat the victim, who did not defend himself, until he seemed to partially lose consciousness, always according to the witness’s testimony.
“I was so terrified,” she said, adding that the victim was “slumped over and it looked like his life had just been taken from him” when two Castle brothers carried him out of the house. When the witness tried to stop Hamilton’s shoving, she was shoved so hard that her bracelet fell to the ground.
According to the witness, race played a role in the attack. “Nobody did anything. It seems that it is just this cult environment, that you have to be loyal to your brothers, even though they are committing racist attacks, ”said the witness. “I don’t think this would have happened to a white student.”
The victim’s brother is a Penn student who was also present at the party but did not witness the assault. He also suspects that race was a factor in the altercation. He even commented that he had already heard racist comments from Hamilton.
The victim’s brother also alleged that Hamilton made racially charged comments towards him and his brother at another Castle event in January, including comments such as: “Of course they are both Peruvian. At least you are not Ecuadorian “.
Both the victim’s brother and the witness added that they are upset by the incident, prompting them to reconsider whether they are truly safe on the Penn campus. It was learned that the victim has frequently used Pennsylvania police escorts to move around campus since the incident, as he fears for his own safety.
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