After an unresponsive University of Tennessee student was left at a medical center early Saturday morning, police uncovered a fairly bizarre scene at a local fraternity house.
The 20-year-old student, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, had a blood alcohol level “well over 0.40,” according to police. That level is five times the cutoff for legal driving, and is the point at which death can occur. How did his blood alcohol level get so incredibly high?
Butt-chugging, according to Knoxville police.
When police officers went to the student’s fraternity house, they found several young men passed out in their rooms, “and bags from wine boxes, some empty and some partially empty, strewn across the halls and rooms,” according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
“Upon extensive questioning, it is believed that members of the fraternity were using 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 bloodstream as it bypasses the filtering by the liver,” Knoxville Police Dept spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Monday in a statement.
Upon finding that underage alcohol consumption had occurred on campus, Knoxville Police turned the matter over to campus police.
The young man’s parents have given a statement to CNN, saying that “We’re still getting all of the records and all of the facts. I don’t think that happened. He said it didn’t happen. My concern is the defamation of character that is occurring to my son.”
Pi Kappa Alpha’s national organization has suspended all activities for the University of Tennessee chapter, pending an investigation. Fraternity CEO Justin Buck said in a statement, “Although these activities are isolated to a small group of individuals, the Fraternity recognizes that this 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. It is an unfortunate example which reinforces our current and ongoing efforts to educate collegiate students on the dangers of the underage consumption of alcohol, binge drinking, and other potentially dangerous activities.”
How common is the practice of alcohol enemas, or “butt chugging”? CNN reporter David Mattingly said that few of the students he interviewed had even heard of the practice, but reliable sources (my Facebook feed) tell me that butt chugging was in the movie Jackass 2. So, props to UT, since it appears that most of their students aren’t spending their time watching Steve-O “drink” a can of beer through his rectum.
I don’t know if this is some kind of heinous hazing incident, or if everyone involved was a willing participant. But you don’t need a college degree to understand that it’s never a good idea to get your party planning tips from a Jackass movie.
Should parents add this to their list of things to talk about with their kids before they go off to college? Perhaps when you’re teaching your kid how to do his own laundry, working out a budget for textbooks, and stuff, that might be a good time to mention that the rectum is not the appropriate conduit for alcohol.
Also, remember those image consultants being hired to help young women’s chances during sorority rush? Tennesee’s members of Pi Kappa Alpha might want to check out their services as well, now that their alleged alcohol enema use is national news.
(via: Washington Post)
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