Expelled OU Student Apologizes for ‘Horrible Mistake’ in Joining Racist Chant
Parker Rice, one of the University of Oklahoma students who led the racist chanting caught on video, apologized in a lengthy statement out today. Rice is one of the two students who was expelled today after the video was discovered and the fraternity featured within was shut down.
In the statement, provided to The Dallas Morning News, Rice acknowledges he encouraged others to get in on the chant involving the n-word. He speaks of the threats his family has been getting and deeply apologizes for his “horrible mistake.”
Here is the statement in full:
I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same. On Monday, I withdrew from the university, and sadly, at this moment our family is not able to be in our home because of threatening calls as well as frightening talk on social media.
I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened. I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation. It’s more important to acknowledge what I did and what I didn’t do. I didn’t say no, and I clearly dismissed an important value I learned at my beloved high school, Dallas Jesuit. We were taught to be ‘Men for Others.’ I failed in that regard, and in those moments, I also completely ignored the core values and ethics I learned from my parents and others.
At this point, all I can do is be thoughtful and prayerful about my next steps, but I am also concerned about the fraternity friends still on campus. Apparently, they are feeling unsafe and some have been harassed by others. Hopefully, the university will protect them.
For me, this is a devastating lesson and I am seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again. My goal for the long-term is to be a man who has the heart and the courage to reject racism wherever I see or experience it in the future.
Thank you for your consideration of my deepest apologies for what I did.
The parents of Levi Pettit, the other expelled student, issued a statement of their own expressing their disgust with what their son said but defending him and saying he’s not a racist.
You can watch the original video here:
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