An Ole Miss student was beaten in early October, and five frat members are to blame. The severe beating, which according to reports brought the student within “inches of his life,” of course is no laughing matter, but for the five university students who carried out the vicious attack, they are all smiles in their recently released mug shots.
ABC News on Oct. 23 carried the names and charges against the suspects: Tucker Cole Steil, 18, was charged last Friday with felony assault. James Declan Basile is charged with simple assault, hazing and larceny. Christian Guy, Kyle Hughes and Austin Rice are each charged with larceny. The ages of the other individuals were not released.
To these five students – a frat member and four other potential fraternity pledges – beating up Jeremy Boyle and causing him to suffer from a concussion, a ruptured eardrum, busted teeth and a bruised lung and ribs is evidently hilarious.
According to reports, Boyle, an accountancy major from Pennsylvania, was in the Sigma Pi fraternity house doing homework early into the morning when he heard a noise outside. Heading out to investigate, he was confronted and assaulted by the five students, who are all part of the nearby Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
“It’s just disgusting,” commented fellow University of Mississippi student Rienzi Gray, according to The Times-Picayune. “How could you be happy?”
Ole Miss spokesman Danny Blanton released a statement on behalf of the school:
The safety and welfare of our students are among our highest priorities. Upon learning of the incident, the University Police Department immediately initiated an investigation that led to recent criminal charges and related student conduct proceedings. As one of the safest campuses in the country, we are committed to holding students responsible for their behavior.
Speaking to WMC-TV, Boyle’s grandfather described the beating: “They descended upon him and beat him unmercifully beat him within an inch of his life.”
Boyle’s father, Brian Boyle, said that although the suspects are facing criminal charges, the university has not taken adequate internal steps to punish the students.
“What we’re finding is the leniency we’ve had so far on these assailants,” Brian Boyle said. “That’s the biggest problem. They had gone through the university’s justice system and were, for all intents and purposes, slapped on the wrist. In the meantime, you’ve got accused felons walking around the campus.”