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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – The investigation into a “disturbing video” shot at a fellowship event at Christian University of Abilene ended with no results of racial violence, but the incident is a confirmed violation of hazing.

ACU President Phil Schubert provided an update on the investigation on Tuesday, saying the incident occurred during an urgent Galaxy Brotherhood event on September 20.

Schubert goes on to describe the short video, which he says shows “a video of a black student repeatedly punched with paintballs – all over his body, including the groin area.”

A subsequent investigation into the video found that several members of the fraternity were also shot and no one interviewed, including those directly shot, claimed they were victimized because of their race.

This incident was considered hazing, but investigators do not believe it was racially motivated or that no criminal activity was involved, so the sanction will be handled according to university policy.

Read the full ACU investigation findings below:

On September 24, 2021, the Christian University of Abilene Police Department became aware of a possible off-campus hazing incident involving members associated with the Galaxy Male Fraternity. Video of a black student repeatedly struck with paintballs – on all parts of his body, including the groin area – during the event was obtained by the administration of the ACU. Once a copy of the video was received, ACUPD immediately launched an investigation.

Galaxy members applied for and were granted permission to host a scramble for potential members on September 20, which included an approved paintball game activity. During the event, fellowship members invited prospective members in attendance to shoot them as they lined up in front of prospective members. Members were repeatedly struck – on all parts of their bodies, including the groin area – by paintball balls fired from a paintball gun fired by potential members participating in the event . Additional video footage obtained during the investigation shows several fraternity members being struck with paintballs by potential members in at least three separate shots during the event. As a result of this activity, an additional fraternity member arrived late for the event and chose to participate and allow potential members to shoot paintballs at him. Members who have previously been hit by paintballs also chose to stand by his side. This is when the publicly released video was recorded. All of the people struck with paintballs in this manner were current fellowship members. No potential members have been hit with paintballs in this manner. No participant required medical attention for injuries sustained during this event.

Interviews conducted by ACUPD during the investigation included several people depicted in the videos, the creators of the videos and many potential members who attended the event. All those interviewed were consistent in describing the events. No one interviewed, including those who were repeatedly hit with paintballs, suggested an element of racial violence. All those interviewed who were hit by paintballs repeatedly confirmed that they had chosen to do so voluntarily.

The ACUPD concluded its investigation and found that there was no evidence of a racist criminal act. A hazing violation has been confirmed and will be dealt with in accordance with university procedures.

University officials will circulate and promote more information about diversity in response to this incident.

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