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Sirens & Gavels

EWU students report threats

Two Eastern Washington University students have reported receiving threats from people who accuse them of giving an anonymous tip about misbehavior by members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

EWU police learned on April 27 that the fraternity was under investigation by its national headquarters after an anonymous tip was received alleging hazing, degradation of women and alcohol abuse, according to court documents. Police said they received information that people “associated” with the fraternity may be seeking retribution against members of a sorority on campus in the belief that the sorority members had made the tip.

One woman reported being harassed by people posting messages on a private Sigma Phi Epsilon Facebook page. Her photograph was superimposed on a porn site, according to court documents. Another woman reported receiving a Facebook message that said “I know what you did.” The same woman was identified as the source of the anonymous tip in a message on the Yik Yak app, which allows anonymous posts. The message said “I would (symbol of pistol) her,” according to court documents.

 Police have requested information about who made the post from Yik Yak because it is “imperative” to identify the person who did it “in order to determine the validity of the threats and the risk to the campus of Eastern Washington University,” according to court documents.

Nina Culver
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