Only members of Delta Kappa Epsilon were supposed to know what happened inside their fraternity house on LSU's campus.

Arrest warrants released Friday suggest DKE members operated under a code of silence meant to conceal abusive hazing rituals that led to the arrest of nine current and former students this week. Pledges came forward in recent months and told their stories to university administrators and police: their fraternity brothers had beat them, doused them with gasoline and urinated on them.

The last two DKE members accused of hazing were arrested Friday after seven arrests the day before. Their arrest reports provide a window into the culture of secrecy that shrouds initiation practices at fraternities and sororities across the country. One of the warrants describes a pledge being accused of "narcing" — "in this case the act of telling a non DKE member information about what goes on inside the house."

Police searched the DKE house on Dalrymple Drive and found the "chapter room" on the third floor as described by pledges. Writing on the walls referenced initiation rituals and included an explicit threat: "All narcs will die."

'It's not pretty'

It's unclear how and when the hazing allegations were reported to university administrators. But the university announced Friday that some had heard a rumor about the DKE chapter — and those administrators have been placed on leave pending an investigation. 

Greek life leaders said they were disappointed their effort to improve behavior among students appears to have failed so spectacularly after the 2017 hazing death of freshman Maxwell Gruver. But they said holding members accountable is an important first step and an appropriate outcome of the DKE allegations. 

"Have we eliminated all issues? Of course not," said Interfraternity Council President and Tau Kappa Epsilon member Justin Landry. "But overall, as a community, if we keep moving in the direction that we're moving in right now, I think we'll be in a fantastic spot in three or four years."

Former council president Christopher Dupré said the victims at the DKE house had benefited from new policies that protect whistleblowers and let students report misconduct anonymously. 

"We're working with LSU to help make the changes necessary in our community and then boom, this happens," he said. "It's not pretty, but these things were able to come to the surface because of the policies that are put in place to empower people to come forward."

More allegations

According to the arrest warrant for Blake Chalin, 20, of Gretna, a pledge accused of "narcing" was beaten up at Chalin's residence. The pledge was told to get into the "bows and toes" position, which is a plank with only toes and elbows touching the ground, and remain there while being kicked and punched.

Chalin then made the pledge take a "new boy shower." That ritual — which was described in several previous arrest reports — involves pledges holding a milk crate filled with ice and cayenne pepper or creole seasoning above their heads while standing in a cold shower and looking up. As the ice melted, the pepper would drip into their eyes. 

Investigators found milk crates throughout the house, "but especially in the showers on the second floor and the shower in the outdoor ice room."

Chalin was elected as the chapter's New Member Educator in November 2018, investigators noted in his arrest report. 

The other member arrested Friday was Shakti Gilotra, 22, who police said was involved in "a lot of incidents of hazing." A victim told investigators Gilotra "made him walk barefoot on broken glass while he threw objects at him."

"The victim stated that he was trying to be careful while walking on the broken glass but still received visible injury and cuts to his feet," police wrote in the warrant. The victim later "had to pull pieces of glass out of his feet."

Gilotra, of Kenner, faces one count each of felony second-degree battery and misdemeanor criminal hazing. Chalin, of Gretna, faces three counts of misdemeanor criminal hazing.


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Advocate freelance reporter Jackie DeRobertis contributed to this report.

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