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4 Charged In Frat's Brokeback Hazing

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4 Charged In Frat's Brokeback Hazing

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

May 8, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET

(Burlington, Vermont) Four members of a University of Vermont fraternity were charged Monday violating Vermont's new hazing law after pledges were made to dress up as gay cowboys.

The Phi Delta Gamma chapter was suspended last month after the allegations first arose. The four charged are all officers of the fraternity.

Police said that fraternity members required pledges to wear cowboy clothes similar to those worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain." The pledges were then allegedly were taunted with homophobic comments.

At least one student complained to campus police.

The charges are the first to be laid under the new Vermont law.

"We issued tickets for hazing," UVM Police Chief Gary Margolis told WCAX television Monday night.

"It's a civil violation of the state of Vermont, a $1,000 fine. Those were issued to the four officers of the board"

Margolis said underage drinking was also involved.

UVM Vice President Annie Stevens said the fraternity will remains on suspension and its members face possible disciplinary action by the university.

©365Gay.com 2006

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