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Two students at the University of Memphis say they were verbally attacked and kicked out of a fraternity party for being gay.
Benjamin Buckley and Luke Chapman say the incident occurred while attempting to attend the off-campus event last weekend and that soon after arriving, they were told they were not welcome because of their sexual orientation.
"He's like, we're being kicked out because we're gay. I wasn't sure if I should believe him, like is this some sort of joke," Chapman told Memphis TV station WMC, referring to one of the fraternity brothers.
"When he chucked us out it was something along the lines of, 'you don't belong here, faggot,'" Chapman continued. "He was screaming at us and called us faggot and all these things."
And then, according to two students, they were threatened with physical harm if they did not leave. "I'm going to beat the fuck out of you. I'm going to beat the life out of you," Buckley says they were told.
After leaving, Chapman wrote a Facebook post detailing the incident and immediately received a huge amount of support from strangers. And the outpouring caught the attention of the university where both the two students and the fraternity brothers attend.
The university says it is investigating the matter as "bigotry."
"An off-campus incident involving possible bigotry has been brought to my attention and has been referred for investigation," U of M president David Rudd said in a statement released to local outlets after the incident. "The Office of the Dean of Students is in the process of reaching out to students and others potentially involved."
The identities of those involved in the incident have not been publicly revealed, but Chapman and Buckley told local reporters they are happy with how the university is handling the issue.
"I want the focus to be on look what they did and see how it's bad and see how it actually reflects a lot of what's happening in society today, so we can understand that and grow from that," Buckley said .
The two students say they want all people involved to be held accountable by the university once the investigation is complete.