On Wednesday afternoon, a “No Trespassing” sign could be seen sticking out of Kappa Delta Rho’s lawn. One day later, it appears that vandals did just that, spray-painting the words “Tear It Down” on a brick wall in front of the house. It’s not clear who wrote the message on the fraternity house, but it was quickly covered by a wooden board and some red cloth.
The source of the vandalism is not clear at this time, but their message is coming through crystal clear. The outrage comes in response to KDR’s suspension and an ongoing police investigation into the fraternity for posting pictures of naked, unconscious girls in a private Facebook group.
In the four days since the wrongdoings became public, the fraternity has drawn national attention in response to its actions. President Eric Barron released a statement on Wednesday night that broached the idea of re-evaluating the entire fraternity system at Penn State, which the Interfraternity Council has since supported. The anger reached a boiling point on Wednesday when Philly Mag posted an interview with an anonymous brother of Kappa Delta Rho, who defended the actions and called the Facebook group a “satire” of fraternity stereotypes.
We will continue to provide updates on the scandal as it unfolds. Both the university and State College police are conducting ongoing investigations into Kappa Delta Rho.