Although the Rolling Stone “gang rape” story at the University of Virginia has fallen apart, the apparent ringleader of the attack on the Phi Kappa Psi house — where the “rape” supposedly occurred — remains undaunted.
Reportedly from a family of privilege, the alleged leader “admitted his role and described the attack his friends carried out in details that match police and eyewitness reports.”
The student agreed to talk to The Times only on the condition that his name wasn’t published, saying he didn’t want police to find him.
“I texted one of my friends and I was like, ‘Let’s throw bottles at the Phi Psi house tonight,’ and she said, ‘Yes!’ I think that the article made it clear that victims at the university have no legitimate channels to take action, and I think vandalism is a completely legitimate form of action when like, legitimate authority is corrupt. I think it was justified,” he said in an interview with The Times.
Asked whether he believed the ends generally justified the means, he casually replied, “Sure.” He also said he is not opposed to “armed revolution” as a means to end what he termed “systemic oppression.”
The student said his group of friends sent an anonymous letter to various news organizations several hours after the attack warning that it was “just the beginning.” The letter threatened to “escalate and provoke until certain demands were met,” including “an immediate revision of university policy mandating expulsion as the only sanction for rape and sexual assault.”
Thus far, there is no definitive word as to whether local law enforcement and the university have undertaken investigations to determine the identities of the vandals, and if there will be charges brought against them.
The purported leader adopted a stance all too typical of college campuses:
The student who claimed to participate in the attack said he had no regrets despite the fact that the accuracy of Jackie’s story in Rolling Stone has come under significant doubt, including the name of the fraternity where the alleged attack occurred. Asked whether he felt at all bad about attacking the wrong fraternity, he showed no remorse and justified the attack on the broader woes of “social injustice.”
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