Cops: Dead Longhorn Was a Frat Prank

Police say OSU frat members collected dead animal and dumped it on rival's lawn
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2023 2:05 PM CST
Updated Jan 22, 2024 9:39 AM CST
Oklahoma State Frat Finds Dead Longhorn on Its Lawn
A Texas cheerleader waves a Texas Longhorn flag after a football game against Texas Tech last Friday in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
UPDATE Jan 22, 2024 9:39 AM CST

Authorities appear to have gotten to the bottom of a longhorn mystery at Oklahoma State University. Police in Stillwater, Oklahoma, say four members of the Alpha Gamma Rho frat at OSU dumped the carcass on the lawn of rival frat FarmHouse, reports WFAA. Police say the animal died of natural causes on a farm belonging to the family of an AGR member, and the four frat brothers managed to get it on a truck and onto the lawn as a gruesome prank. (The animal was mutilated, though the cuts happened post-mortem, say police.) It happened just before the Big 12 title game between OSU and the Texas Longhorns. Bennett Fady, Luke Ackerley, Brody Shelby, and Andrew King face misdemeanor charges of unlawful disposal of a carcass, per News on 6.

Dec 1, 2023 2:05 PM CST

Police say a dead longhorn cow was found on the lawn of an Oklahoma State University fraternity on Friday, the day before the school's football team plays the University of Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 championship game. Police were notified about 6:30am of the dead animal on the lawn of the FarmHouse fraternity, according to Stillwater police Officer TJ Low. The carcass had an expletive carved into its side and the stomach was cut open, according to the campus newspaper, the O'Colly. "It's a very cruel crime to be committed, especially right before the Big 12 Championship," Low told the Oklahoman. "Nothing is worth doing that kind of crap."

A representative for the fraternity, which was founded in 1905 by agriculture students, did not immediately return a phone call for comment, the AP reports. Oklahoma State University said in a statement that it "is appalled at the disturbing display of animal cruelty ... at an off-campus location near a fraternity house." The university said that both Stillwater police and the university's Office of Student Support and Conduct are investigating and that "appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation." The game is to be played in Arlington, Texas, per CBS Sports.

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