A white fraternity at New York’s Cornell University has been shut down after a man was arrested for racially attacking a Black student. The Psi Upsilon chapter at the school was closed by its board of governors after a 19-year-old student assumed at first to be a member of the fraternity reportedly beat the student and repeatedly called him “n***er” in the process of the assault.
The Cornell Sun reports:
Ithaca Police on Tuesday identified the Cornell student charged with assault following a recent Collegetown altercation in which a black Cornell student said he was called the N-word and punched in the face by a group of white men.
Police identified a 19-year-old, John Greenwood, as the Cornell student charged with misdemeanor assault after he was arrested early on Friday morning. A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Greenwood is white. Police did not release a mugshot.
Greenwood appears to be the same student who goes by Jack on a now-deleted squash player profile on the Cornell Athletics website. There is only one John Greenwood who is currently a Cornell student, according to the University’s people search website.
While Psi Upsilon officials maintain that Greenwood was not a member and the Sun reporting that the victim of the assault is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, news traveled across campus that the former group was involved in the attack thus sparking widespread outrage.
The attacked and unnamed student spoke with Sun reporters about the incident, stating that last week, he asked a group students to leave his lawn from in front of his residence. The student claims a group of men began beating him, with Greenwood assumed to be the ringleader of the melee.
CORRECTION: We misinterpreted The Cornell Sun‘s initial report and have corrected parts of the story. However, it has been stated several times that Greenwood is not a member of the closed fraternity chapter.