LSU’s now-banned Acacia fraternity house has sustained serious property damage just weeks after its members were told the fraternity was being removed from campus.
The fraternity has until Monday, April 13 to remove their belongings from their house on West Lakeshore Drive. But by Saturday morning, damage to the alumni-owned house was clearly visible from the parking lot beside the backyard.
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While a few fraternity members could be seen packing their belongings, the house behind them had smashed-open windows, strewn furniture and shattered glass. One window looked like it had been struck hard at its center but the window still held. At the adjacent window, a section of plastic-reinforced glass hung twirling in the wind from a thin thread.
It is unclear what exactly caused the damage — the fraternity members declined to comment about the shape their house was in, and other fraternity members could not be reached.
But the incident comes on the heels of the university shutting down the chapter until at least 2018. The shuttering followed reports of hazing that range from forced alcohol consumption, standing in hot steam and starvation during the week of initiation.
Two Acacia members, who declined to give their names, said fellow members caused the damage and added that “everyone was really mad.”
One new member said, “We basically paid dues to get hazed for a semester.”
On Saturday, LSU Police arrived to assess the extent of the damage, which extended to both the interior and exterior, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU Police spokesman. But no criminal charges are pending unless the victims wanted to pursue them, Lalonde added.
In this case, the victims would be Acacia’s alumni group and housing corporation that owns and operates the building, so costs for repairing the damages would likely fall to them, according to LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said.
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