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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Tennessee frat suspended following ‘butt chugging’


Early Saturday morning, an unresponsive University of Tennessee student was dropped off at a medical center with a blood alcohol content that local police say was “well over .40,” the point at which death can occur. How did the 20-year-old student get that dangerously drunk?

Campus police went to the student’s fraternity house, Pi Kappa Alpha (aka Pike), to find out. They found several males intoxicated or passed out — and this scene, as described by a Knoxville police spokesman in a Monday statement that was obtained by The Post: “Upon extensive questioning it is believed that members of the fraternity were utilizing rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol as the abundance of capillaries and blood vessels present greatly heightens the level and speed of the alcohol entering the blood stream as it bypasses the filtering by the liver.”

The act of getting wasted in that way is also referred to as “butt chugging,” “alcohol enema” and, well, “completely idiotic.”

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that campus police also found “bags from wine boxes, some empty and some partially empty, strewn across the halls and rooms.” Gawker has since posed the question: “White or red, do you think?”

Earlier this week, the university and Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity administratively suspended the chapter for 30 days, pending an investigation into the allegations. In a statement on Tuesday, a top Pike official deemed this an “unfortunate, isolated incident” involving “a small group of individuals.” He added that the incident “is an opportunity to increase the public’s awareness of what appears to be an unfortunate and extremely dangerous practice by some young people today.”

The student’s father is irate that news of his son’s trip to the hospital has made headlines and told the student newspaper, the Daily Beacon, that there “are significant errors that have been reported and we will correct them.” The father did not elaborate on what those errors were, but told the paper that his son is back in class and “livid with the defamation of his character.”

On Wednesday afternoon, the university sent me a copy of its 12-page police report from the incident. Here are the pages that include police statements (minus the names of the involved students, which I chose to remove):

This post was updated at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to include information provided by the university, along with the police report.

For more higher education news, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook. And here are other pieces I have written about greek life:

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GWU fraternities, sorority to lose campus houses this spring

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U of South Carolina stalls fraternity rush following alcohol violations

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