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Former Oklahoma State University Student Charged With Pointing Gun At Pledges

| by Khier Casino

A former Oklahoma State University student and Alpha Gamma Rho member, Owen Hossack, appeared in court for the first time on Monday in Payne County, and pleaded not guilty to two counts for hazing and pointing a firearm with intent to threaten.

Tanner McColl and Colton Demuth, the two fraternity pledge brothers, were told by upperclassmen on August 16 to go along with them for a drive to a bonfire that would be part of their initiation.

According to court, the night began with the upperclassmen "yelling at them about what it means to be an AGR," but quickly took a turn for the worse as Hossack told police officers he shot one round from the gun, but no one was injured. He pointed the firearm at one pledge's head, and asked if he would take a bullet for their brothers.

Allegedly, Hossack used the gun to push one of the pledge's head into the truck's back window by shoving it into his neck. The court document reveals that the pledge had trouble breathing, and Hossack made fun of him for coughing. Hossack eventually took the gun away but then shot a round and broke the truck’s window.

Hossack told investigators he only wanted to spook the two pledges by shooting through the back window, which he thought was open.

OSU has released a statement regarding the incident:

"Oklahoma State University takes seriously any charges dealing with weapons being used improperly by our students and any allegation of hazing. The university is cooperating with the investigation and subsequent prosecution and supports the disciplinary action levied against the student and fraternity through the OSU student conduct process."

OSU says it will conduct a criminal investigation of hazing incidents at the school. Hossack has been suspended from the university for three years following a student conduct hearing on September 18.