College Fraternity Harasses Veterans, Urinates On Flag, During Retreat at Florida Resort…

University students belonging to Zeta Beta Tau fraternity from University of Florida and Emory University. The veterans were staying at Laketown Wharf on Panama City Beach, the fraternity brotherhood was also there for a spring formal.  The fraternity members broke U.S.A flags off vehicles, urinated on them and spit on the veterans….

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — A group of injured and wounded veterans on a retreat in Florida’s panhandle claim they were harassed by members of a University of Florida fraternity, according to WCTV sister station WJHG in Panama City.

Attendees and organizers of a retreat for veterans say they were shocked at the level of disrespect shown by the college students.

“They actually spit on me and my service dog as well and that’s just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I’m defending myself,” said wounded veteran Nicholas Connole.

Veterans say the students spit at them and threw beer on them from their balconies.

“They’re a total disgrace for our military,” Linda Cope, founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat said. “They were urinating on the American flag and throwing things off of the balconies.”

The veterans were staying at the Lake Town Wharf Resort at the same time as members of Zeta Beta Tau chapters at the University of Florida and Emory University, who were both in Panama City Beach for their spring formal.

Cope says she did receive an apology letter from the University of Florida President who says he has started an investigation into the incident.

She also received an apology letter from the Zeta Beta Tau’s UF chapter president, who was present during the incidents. (read more)

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(link) ♦  (Facebook page for ZBT) ♦  (ZBT WEBSITE – HERE)

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Emory University released this statement Thursday morning by email:

“Emory University was appalled to learn of acts of disrespect and harassment that were directed at attendees of the Warrior Beach Retreat in Florida this past weekend.

Our brave veterans who have sacrificed much for our country deserve the utmost respect and appreciation for their service.

The disrespectful behavior exhibited by students toward our veterans is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by members of the Emory community.

When Emory received complaints that students from one of our fraternities might be involved, Campus Life administrators immediately began an investigation. To date, no evidence has been found to implicate Emory students in these reported incidents. If any members of our community are identified as being responsible, they will be held accountable for their actions by the university.

Emory University thanks veterans for the significant contributions they have made to our country, and for exhibiting the values that we hold with great respect within our university community.”

In a phone interview with CBS 46 in Atlanta Thursday morning, Warrior Beach Retreat Linda Cope responded to Emory’s statement, saying, “There were too many students from Emory for none of them to be involved. It is hard for me to believe that no Emory student was a part of this. This denial is a slap in the face of veterans.”  (link)

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85 Responses to College Fraternity Harasses Veterans, Urinates On Flag, During Retreat at Florida Resort…

  1. Chip Bennett says:

    Spitting and throwing beer on someone is assault, and I consider intentional disrespect to the American flag (burning, stomping on, urinating on, etc.) to be equivalent to cross-burning.

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    • mazziflol says:

      Not to mention that little part about “members broke U.S.A flags off vehicles” Theft…vandalism…

      (18 U.S. Code § 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties):
      “Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.”

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      • Texas Bill says:

        As much as I may personally disagree, there is only one way to have free speech.

        United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990) The Johnson decision only affected a Texas state law. In the wake of the decision, the federal government enacted a law that also prohibited flag burning. In order to try to get around constitutional challenges, the law prohibited all types of flag desecration, with the exception of burning and burying a worn-out flag, regardless of whether the action upset others. The Supreme Court held that this did not cure the constitutional defect and the same 7-3 majority from Johnson held that the law still impermissibly discriminated upon viewpoint and struck it down.

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    • sundance says:

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    ISIS, Al Qaeda and all other fundamentalist Islamic terrorist groups would like to thank the Jewish Zeta Beta Tau (look at the site) bund for insulting those members of the military who’ve stood between us and the Jews of America. We have reserved seats for the ZBT at the upcoming ‘Death to Israel and Zionism’ celebration at the next Burning Mensch Fest, a kosher and halal light nosh will be served.
    No word from the American Nazi Party or the Administration over the incident yet but the suspicious sounds of high-fives vibrating through their respective halls may be an indicator.

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    • Jett Black says:

      Yep–wasn’t going to mention it, but you’re 100% right about Zion Bank & Trust. Overall, my knowledge of a couple of other chapters of this fraternity is that they sometimes party hard, but are generally pretty good kids, service, and achievement oriented. This sounds very much like a prog higher ed culture and alcohol-fueled aberration, not typical for this organization.

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    • rsmith1776 says:

      Czar, you and all others are absolutely right in your indignation. I dare say though this seems more like an aberration (not that that’s an excuse for inexcusable behavior) than typical behavior for a Jewish group, and I say this as a Zionist non-Jew.

      I guess thoughtless spoiled brats can be found everywhere. . .

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      • revbacon says:

        My thought exactly. When I was in college, ZBT was often referred to as “Zion Bank & Trust.” I thought it was out of jealousy, since they were the richest fraternity on campus. But they should have some concept of what they represent, and act accordingly. There are loads of people out there who consider Jews anti-American. I didn’t, and I still don’t. But this is shameful.

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        • tigs mom says:

          The hubby, now 82, was a U Miami grad 60 years ago, and the Zeta’s were the richest Frat on Greek Row. Not representative of these jerk’s behavior.

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  3. aprilyn43 says:

    In the good old days there was good old vigilante justice. Wasn’t always right, but at times it was spot on!

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  4. oldiadguy says:

    “Spitting and throwing beer on someone is assault” I agree.

    Read the comments.

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    • Dixie says:

      Thank you for the link to the facebook comments. It’s satisfying to read the many critical comments being directed towards the members of this fraternity for their disrespectful behavior. Let’s see, the response has been tremendous over the pizza situation in Indiana, the disrespect of the flag in Valdosta and now the disrespect being shown to veteran wounded warriors. Looks like they might be outnumbered.

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      • Lorra B. says:

        It is an absolute atrocity! What gets into the minds of some is simply beyond all comprehension to me. These same people would be screaming bloody murder and begging for the troops protection should ISIS decide to grace their front porches!! I pray they wake up and smell the coffee but pray harder they never see the day they cry out in need of the troops, I pray that for all of us….

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      • Justice_099 says:

        Sadly, it’s all about how the media presents these stories. If they had taken a different angle and presented the students as “peacefully protesting” the war and the veterans tried to crush their freedom of speech, those comments would have been quite different.

        Sigh…. people are so easily lead.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

        You cannot educate stupid.

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  5. Justice_099 says:

    These apologies read like a drafted template. Trigger words, buzzwords, mitigating action, corrective actions, a commitment to determing the root cause. blah blah blah.

    It’s not an apology, it’s a press release. Every corporation has templates for this kind of press release already lined up with fill-in-the-blanks. It’s no different than donating $1,00 to a charity and then spending $10,000 to boast about it in the media.

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  6. Father Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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  7. Jett Black says:

    My fraternity (in the late 70’s) was essentially Animal House, but no one would have ever considered doing anything like this. Anyone who did, would’ve been gone and maybe have gotten a beat-down. The Florida and national/international response is what I hoped I’d see as the first official response to this story. Saddened, but not surprised with Emory’s–remember, they still honor Jimmy Carter. That was a big strike against Emory, when my kids were looking at colleges.

    Finally, as one who’s seen a few generations of experiences with frats, this should not be an indictment of frats in general–plainly, the perps were individuals who acted like criminal scum and should be treated as such. The fraternal organization only deserves indictment, if that is the norm for them and/or if they don’t deal with their bad apples properly. More likely, this behavior issue is a result of the prognazi indoctrination that has long infected higher ed. It would be interesting to find out from the perps and their class records which profs and/or organizations may have engendered such evil attitudes, so they could be purged, too.

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    • Dr. Bogus Pachysandra says:

      “But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen! “

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    • manickernel says:

      When I was at UGA in ’75 some SDS types were burning a flag in front of English building, right across street from ROTC. We watched. Amused. Then some football players and frat boys attacked them and started to give them a real beat down. Cadre told us to go over and bring them back to protect them. So we sheltered them in ROTC building.

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  8. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Would be funny;

    if not such an exemplification

    of hypocritical irony.

    “Emory University School of Law received a $1.5 million donation to establish a John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice. The anonymous gift funds a professorship, recognizing Congressman Lewis’s historic achievements in these vital areas. ‪#‎civilrights”

    https://www.facebook.com/EmoryUniversity

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    • doodahdaze says:

      These commies and parasites are not worthy of having civil rights in my opinion. JMO.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Right on, those frat boys, yes I was Sig Tau Gamma, mid ’70s, our chapter was 99.9% Veterans. We use to sit at the Hub, and watch the SDS and other draft dodgers make fun of the ROTC boys/girls when wearing the uniform. Until one day, just on impulse we rose as one and took care of business. Our protesting went on for a few days until order was restored. Their Charter needs to be pulled. Due to their disrespect Veterans, also their wives.

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    • joanfoster says:

      Paused to barf

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  9. No mention on who the offenders are?

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  10. I think a weekend of mandatory community service at a local VA Hospital would give them a change of heart and realize their FREEDOM to go to college and join a FRAT came on the backs of these Vets and the one’s before and the one’s to follow! I think every college in the US should have a weekend mandatory Freshman Orientation at a VA Hospital so they could see what Freedom looks like up close and personal and maybe the images from the VA Hospital might make a difference when the marxist professors start to poison their minds of hatred of America Exceptionalism !

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    • rashomon says:

      How about a semester of service. And not just reading to the vets. Down and dirty work that comes from caring for those who risked their lives voluntarily and face a future filled with problems these jerk kids cannot imagine.

      Yes, this infuriates me.

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      • Jett Black says:

        Agreed, a full semester of service with various papers and presentations to test that they’ve gotten the message seems appropriate.

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    • Rurik says:

      What did the poor wounded vets do to deserve having that inflicted on them. Such trash do not deserve being allowed near Vets. There ought to be some other form of public humiliation.

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  11. mazziflol says:

    Look like the ZBT Frat ranks just slightly higher then BHO…

    http://www.greekrank.com/uni/31/fraternity/ZBT/142/rating/

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  12. Well I guess this fraternity should have their charter yanked and they should be shut down. Didn’t that just recently happen to a fraternity that made some tasteless and insensitive racist comments?

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    • michellc says:

      Yep, I was thinking the same thing, the media and the OU President went into a frenzy over a drunken racist song. For some reason I don’t think the media is going to get as upset over this fraternity.

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      • michellc says:

        Oh and don’t forget the sensitivity training the students allowed to remain at OU were forced to attend.

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      • Sadly, they should be more outraged I think. It was a stupid song people have sang for years…..this was outright assault of many things American.

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        • michellc says:

          They should but they won’t. Many reasons such as people no longer live by the old motto, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Then the media doesn’t really care about veterans and sadly neither do many politicians, especially liberal politicians. More money in crying racism.

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    • Rurik says:

      Maybe not the whole fraternity. But certainly the chapter.

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  13. rashomon says:

    The hallowed halls of higher education need a slap across their faces…from the presidents and trustees down to the professors, instructors and students…and, apparently, the parents who are paying the bills while tolerating bad behavior plus our government officials who offer scholarships willy-nilly to a bunch of immature, whiny, stompyfeet teenagers lacking any personal morals.

    Stop donating to your alma mater and Greek affiliations, stop hiring these twinkie graduates who’ve never faced a hardship nor worked a job requiring dirty hands, and, if you live in a Spring Break community, seriously address the rape, pillage and plunder associated with these free-for-alls.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/phi-beta-cons/417366/dont-disinvite-trash-jane-s-shaw

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  14. doodahdaze says:

    They are communists. This is simple. America is going to have to go through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, to eliminate them. Or end up like Cuba, Venezuela, or some some other 3rd world communist hellhole.

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  15. Tracer Round says:

    From the zeta beta tau mission statement:

    “The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity (ZBT) is to foster and develop in its membership the tenets of its Credo: Intellectual Awareness, Social Responsibility, Integrity and Brotherly Love, in order to prepare its members for positions of leadership and service within their communities.

    Mindful of its founding in 1898 as the Nation’s first Jewish Fraternity, ZBT will preserve and cultivate its relationships within the Jewish community. Since 1954, ZBT has been committed to its policy of non-sectarian Brotherhood, and values the diversity of its membership. ZBT will recruit and initiate men of good character, regardless of religion, race or creed who are accepting of these principles.”

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  16. Betty says:

    There is one big answer here. It would be good for our country and good for the immature idiots who prolong their childhoods with student loans and grants. The DRAFT for men and women. Grow them up or discharge them in shame. Time to end the unique snowflake mentality.

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  17. khunley73 says:

    Liberalism: The politics of peace, love, and tolerance.
    Islam: The religion of peace, love and tolerance.
    No wonder they love each other.

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  18. allhail2 says:

    Time to start returning fire on these ingrates

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    • Jett Black says:

      It occurred to me that the students involved are pretty lucky that none of the vets or people with them went ballistic. I’d hate to see what some drunk college kids would look like after a PO’d ex-ranger got through with 10 or 12 of them.

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  19. justfactsplz says:

    Our veterans deserve the utmost respect from all Americans. This is a travesty. God help America as these college students prepare to take their place in the adult world. Without a moral compass on their part, we are doomed.

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    • Sharon says:

      What adult world are you referring to?

      There is an adult world filled with people exactly like them now running the country.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I am referring to the aging adult world that you and I live in. We are a dying breed but as long as we are here they must contend with us on some level or the other. Our voices, morals, and love of God and Country is not going to go away yet. It is this adult world they don’t know how to deal with for they have no moral fiber.

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        • Sharon says:

          I’m thinking that the only adult world they know (their parents and their parents’ peers) is the world that has shaped them.

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          • John Denney says:

            I’m thinking they were shaped less by their parents and more by Hollywood, the media, and the public education system.
            The Soviets targeted three American institutions for infiltration starting in the 1920’s: media, education, and unelected government positions. They have been very successful and never routed out.

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            • Eskie Mom says:

              And now, those institutions are overrun & it has spread to our government entities like a cancer. I agree with Sharon. I blame their parents in the majority of cases.

              Maybe some of them aren’t red diaper babies to the extent 0bama was, but the culture/mindset was certainly passed on to them. Many of those parents have either evolved to embrace extreme left POVs or they were into it all along. (This mindset/ mechanics of thinking is far more pernicious than many/ most people realize. It really is tantamount to brainwashing.)

              McCarthy was right.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            I think you are right. The parents are absent when they commit crimes while on spring break and the fraternities are wreaking havoc.

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          • John Denney says:

            Commies put me in the moderation camp.

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        • doodahdaze says:

          That is what Oafray said. She can’t wait for us to die off. Then they can have their commie hell hole.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            They all want us to die off.

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          • John Denney says:

            I plan to plant as many seeds of liberty as possible before I go.

            We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
            We unite to defend each person’s life, liberty, and property.
            We have a can-do attitude.
            We are diligent.
            We are always learning.
            We are trustworthy.
            We are motivated in all this by love for our fellow human beings.
            “We love because He first loved us.” – 1st John 4:19

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  20. John VI says:

    Its interesting that the Media isn’t mentioning the racial background of the fraternity. Google. Replacing the mainstream news for almost a decade.\

    Founded as the first JEWISH fraternity, 1898.

    Doesn’t that make this a hate crime? Wheres Holder?

    Hey, can we start to say, Bring on the lynch mob now? Or is it too soon? 😉

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    • Mr. Frosty says:

      Jews voted for Obama over 70%, twice. Only blacks voted at a higher percentage. Jews are the most hyper-liberal group of people on the face of the earth.

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  21. joanfoster says:

    “Wheres Holder”? He is now on Wall Street. Crime seems to pay after all particularly if you are a Democrat.

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  22. 12simi12 says:

    Reblogged this on 12simi12's Blog and commented:
    So much disrespect. I hope this fraternity gets some kind of disciplinary action. You don’t target veterans because you don’t always know what they’ve had to endure and you don’t urinate on a flag like that either. Especially when we should all know that it means something to someone.

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    • doodahdaze says:

      You do if you are a communist democrat.

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    • John Denney says:

      The flag stands for the 13 original states and all 50 states that have united behind the self evident truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these Rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

      So, are the protesters inimical to those self evident truths? or to the States for failing to safeguard those rights?

      If the former, they are enemies of Liberty; if the latter, they are allies.

      I think they think they are the latter, but I also think they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater, which places them in the former category.

      Simple test: Do they do kindnesses for people regardless of race?

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