Five members of the Pi Cappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Mississippi -- known as "Ole Miss" -- were detained by police Oct. 16 after being accused of assaulting another student.
Jeremy Boyle, a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity, was attacked Oct. 6 and suffered severe injuries. These included broken teeth, a burst eardrum, a bruised groin, a lung contusion and concussion, the Daily Mississippian reported.
Tucker Cole Steil and James Declan Basile were both arrested on felony assault charges, with Basile also facing counts of hazing and larceny. Also accused of larceny were Christian Guy, Kyle Hughes, and Austin Rice.
Boyle reportedly went to investigate a sound outside the Sigma Pi frat house in the early hours of Oct. 6.
“They descended upon him and beat him unmercifully. Beat him within an inch of his life,” Robert Boyle, Jeremy’s grandfather, told WMC, according to WFLA.
“It was shocking,” Brian Boyle, the victim’s father, told the Mississippian. “There is a different culture in the South. People have good behavior. It’s not something you would have expected. Especially at Ole Miss.”
Brian explained why he felt the university’s reaction had been inadequate.
“What we’re finding is the leniency we’ve had so far on these assailants,” he 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 mean time, you’ve got accused felons walking around the campus.”
A member of Jeremy’s fraternity said that Sigma Pi was letting the family deal with the situation, while Pi Cappa Alpha president Gunther Kenudston said only that the crime was committed by individuals and was not tied to fraternity business, WFLA reported.
The incident also sparked a misdemeanor charge of hazing. A charge of hazing can have serious consequences for a student, with one option for the university being expulsion, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.
“Under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, officials can't comment on if there is an investigation at this point,” Aneisha Mitchell, director of the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct, told the Clarion-Ledger. Mitchell's office would be responsible for looking into an incident of hazing.
Jeremy Boyle was treated for his injuries at the Baptist Medical Hospital. The current state of his recovery is unknown.