Two University of Tennessee students were charged after police said they sent threatening texts to another student who reported hazing at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
David Andrew Baird and Kelby Cowan were charged with harassment.
According to court documents, the two sent vulgar texts threatening to kill and beat the student last month. The messages were sent on November 23. The first messages were from Baird's phone. The investigator said the messages got increasingly more agitated, telling the victim to "wear his running shoes" because he was "(expletive) dead." The text then asked him to meet to fight. A message from Cowan's phone told the victim "I'm gonna (expletive) kick your (expletive). You better (expletive) transfer."
Officers tracked the suspects down through their cell phones.
The report said that Baird and Cowan were victims of hazing at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity that was reported by the victim. It said that earlier that day, both suspects received a message from the UT Student Life Office telling all fraternity members not to send emails, texts or phone calls that would be considered retaliatory or intimidating to those that reported the hazing incident.
On Friday, Pi Kappa Phi's national headquarters announced it was closing UT's chapter because the students "were unable to abide by the fraternity's standards of conduct." Then on Monday, the university said it was revoking the fraternity's registration.