Clemson University has put the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on probation for two years after the group held a "Cripmas" party last December that had students dressed like gang members, according to a statement released today. The fraternity's national organization was outraged by the Christmas-themed party that had members wearing blue and red bandanas, colors of the street gangs the Crips and Bloods, throwing up gang hand symbols and wearing T-shirts with images of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. About two dozen students were suspended and the leaders of the local chapter, whose operations are controlled by alumni advisers, were removed. It's the latest blow for the troubled fraternity, which has been dubbed "America's deadliest."
"The decision of a few brothers to hold the type of social event they organized is inexcusable and completely inappropriate, and the entire group was sanctioned," the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon Organization said in its statement. Pictures were posted on social media, causing backlash as black students said Clemson didn't do enough to promote racial tolerance. About 6% of Clemson's students are black. Clemson says the fraternity violated alcohol rules and student conduct codes. It will be on probation until February 2017. The fraternity also must complete an education program about alcohol, social justice, and gangs. Last year, Clemson temporarily suspended all fraternity activity after the death of a 19-year-old pledge.