University President Kent Fuchs said: “I continue to be saddened and disappointed by the reported mistreatment and disrespect of our military veterans. Our university has always honored, and will always honor, the service of veterans.”
Federal law will not allow the university to name and shame the frat boys.
From the newspaper:
About 60 veterans at the Warrior Beach Retreat were staying as guests of the Laketown Wharf in Panama City Beach two weekends ago when members of ZBT fraternity members attending their spring formal yelled at them, spat on them, tore flags off their cars, and threw beer bottles at them, according to people attending the veterans retreat.
Panama City Beach police were called, but let hotel management handle the situation. The management kicked the fraternity off the property. No police report was filed.
After receiving information on the incident last week, the university charged the fraternity — already on probation for a hazing incident last fall — with obscene behavior, public drunkenness, causing physical or other harm, theft and property damage.
The university worked with the fraternity's parent organization to come to a mutual decision on closing the UF chapter.
“We are absolutely disgusted by the accusations that have been made regarding the behavior of members of this chapter,” ZBT International Fraternity President Matthew J. Rubins said in a news release. “ZBT will work diligently to demonstrate that the alleged behavior of a few does not represent the values of the many.”The investigation was handled by the university's Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Kratzer -- a retired general.