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« Reply #1680 on: April 08, 2010, 07:39:29 PM »

http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=12279783
April 8, 2010
Morgan Harrington's father reacts to controversial group's protest
A controversial church group plans to be in Blacksburg Friday to picket Virginia Tech, and a counter demonstration will move onto campus.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church claim God cursed Tech and sent the shooter on April 16th, 2007.

The group informed the town they'll be at three locations: outside the Jewish Community Center, along Main Street and in front of Blacksburg Middle School.

A positive counter demonstration is set for noon at the Graduate Life Center Plaza.

Blacksburg Police say they've done extensive planning to protect everyone.  Extra officers will be on duty.

News7's Justin McLeod has learned Morgan Harrington's father plans to be there Friday.  The family has heard Westboro Baptist Church plans to be there because of Morgan Harrington's death.

Her father told News7 by phone Thursday he has seen posters on the group's website involving his daughter that he finds appalling and disturbing.

Morgan Harrington is the Virginia Tech student who went missing after a Metallica concert at UVA's John Paul Jones arena in October.

Her remains were found several months later in a field just outside of Charlottesville.

Harrington's family can't believe Westboro Baptist Church plans to make Morgan the focus of its protests.
"Very upsetting to a family that lost their daughter to murder five and half weeks ago. They plan to be at Virginia Tech tomorrow to protest a number of things including the fact Morgan Harrington's death was deserved, and again, how would any family feel when you hear those kinds of comments made?," said Dan Harrington.

He plans to be at the counter protests on campus Friday, but he doesn't plan on engaging the group.

There has been that argument that people should just ignore this group.  News7's Justin McLeod asked Dan Harrington about that and will have his response tonight on News7 at 10 & 11.

Morgan Harrington's father speaks out about planned WBC protest (04/08)  http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=12279783#
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« Reply #1681 on: April 08, 2010, 09:56:57 PM »

I am very drawn to Gil Harrington's writing. When I first saw the Harringtons the news, they seemed too good to be true and I felt they were stilted in their emotions. But having read her writings and getting to know more about the type of persons they were before this horrific loss of their daughter,I have come to admire them. I too feel that going to Africa will be very healing for her. This woman defines courage and compassion and she is a beacon to others. 
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« Reply #1682 on: April 09, 2010, 12:35:01 PM »

http://trueslant.com/christopherthomas/2010/04/09/hate-comes-to-blacksburg/
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Hate Comes to Blacksburg
Today Friday, April the 9th, is one week short of the third anniversary of the now infamous shooting spree that left 33 members of the Virginia Tech community dead in 2007.  In the years since the shootings the Virginia Tech community has buried its dead, shed its tears, and – to the extent that it ever will – moved on.

The Westboro Baptist Church first announced its intent to picket the University and the funerals of the slain in 2007, shortly after the shootings occurred.  Conservative radio host Mike Gallagher interceded on behalf of the community, offering to trade the Westboro Baptists air-time on his show in exchange for the cancelation of their protests.  The deal got the followers of Fred Phelps one hour of national airtime and bought the denizens of Blacksburg three years reprieve.

Today, the hate comes to Blacksburg.
True to their deal with Gallagher, the WBC says they will refrain from addressing the April 16 shootings.  Speaking on the upcoming protest, Shirley Phelps-Roper, eldest daughter of pastor and founder Fred Phelps said, “We’re not going to bring our sign that said, ‘God sent the shooter.’ No, no, we’ll leave that one at home. We’ve got a sign that says ‘God sent the killer.’”

The killer to which Phelps-Roper refers is the as yet unknown individual who slew Morgan Harrington, the Virginia Tech student who disappeared from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, VA last year.  Dan Harrington, Morgan’s father, has indicated that he will attend counter-protests scheduled to coincide with the Church’s demonstrations.


Such counter protests are common where the Westboro Baptists go and Blacksburg is no exception.  Here the counter protest movement has grown and developed organically and spontaneously with a leadership coalescing from impromptu Facebook groups.  ”I found out through facebook feeds that the WBC were coming back to Va Tech [and] I was furious,” said Jeff Chuang, counter-protest coordinator.  ”I had followed them closely after 4/16 when they had publicly stated they were going to come and protest the deaths of my friends, peers and colleagues. After seeing a few facebook groups / events forming, I thought to myself, you know, it takes alot more planning than just slapping a facebook group together.”
What began as a simple request to coordinate several Facebook groups grew into a full-fledged organization. Chuang first reached out to Virginia Tech’s student government but soon found himself at the helm of a group working with the Blacksburg Police Department, Virginia Tech’s Administration, and thousands of concerned and outraged citizens.

Outrage isn’t enough, however, and with official involvement comes compromise.  Two days ago, Virginia Tech asked that the counter protest be drawn back, away from the Westboro picket line and onto Tech’s campus.  The result, while probably less risky for the University, is also out of the protester’s sight and thus, in the eyes of many counter protesters, unacceptable.  Though his group plans to comply with the request,Chuang considers it unrealistic.  ”While we set out our goal to create a unified response, somehow people still aren’t pleased,”Chuang said.  ”I understand the administrations wishes, but people are going to do what they want.”

Of course, no plan long survives contact with the enemy.  In the coming hours I will update this page with photos, commentary, and hopefully video of the protests and counter protests in action.  Stay tuned.
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« Reply #1683 on: April 09, 2010, 12:37:43 PM »

http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/15356/students-to-counter-westboro-baptist-church-protests-with-march
Students to counter Westboro Baptist Church protests with march

Friday, April 9, 2010; 11:18 AM
by CT News Staff
Westboro Baptist Church members have begun to arrive outside Blacksburg Jewish Center, and could soon be confronted by counter-protesters.

About 75 people have gathered near the WBC members, including police and counter-protesters.

The WBC protest is directed at the community for causing the death of Morgan Harrington by tolerating sins.

At least 55 students plan to march toward the WBC protesters. Graduate student Mathis Kennington, one of the group's students, said the WBC protesters should not blame Virginia Tech for Morgan Harrington's death.

"Tech has no liability," Kennington said.
The group plans to send 10 students marching toward the site every 10 minutes.

An unofficial student counter-protest has drawn about 50 students to the Graduate Life Center Plaza as of 12:20 p.m. Dan Harrington, Morgan Harrington's father, is also at the counter-protest.

Blacksburg Police, and several Christriansburg units, have assembled road blocks and sidewalk barriers to establish a perimeter for crowds near the intersection of North Main Street and Roanoke Street.

Virginia Tech Police are also planning crowd control measures, and expect crowds to form within 20 minutes.

According to the group's Web site, WBC protesters will first congregate outside the Blacksburg Jewish Center on Roanoke Street, and then the protest will move to the intersection with Main Street at 12:45 p.m.

Mayor Ron Rordam is encouraging counter-protesters to remain calm.

"I think it's great that people showed up and I wish they would stay right here," Rordam said.

They will later protest outside Blacksburg Middle School near the time the school switches from hosting its normal middle schoolers to hosting the students of Blacksburg High School, who were displaced after the high school's gym roof collapsed in February.
Check CollegiateTimes.com throughout the day for continuous updates.
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« Reply #1684 on: April 09, 2010, 01:50:53 PM »

   About 80 people are at the VT Graduate Life Center plaza as part of a student WBC counter-protest. Morgan Harrington's father among them.   
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« Reply #1685 on: April 09, 2010, 02:16:52 PM »

http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/campus_notices/campusnotice.php?item=2677
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Police continue to seek information regarding the Morgan Harrington investigation

From: University Relations

The Virginia State Police, in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Police Department and University of Virginia Police, continues to seek information regarding Morgan Harrington investigation.

For more information and ways to contact investigators, visit http://www.vt.edu/harrington/.
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« Reply #1686 on: April 09, 2010, 04:23:20 PM »

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A special poem Gil Harrington wanted to Share with you
On April - 9 - 2010
The children that OMNI cares for in Zambia, Africa, are the ones on the wrong side of this parallel poem.   (241)


 A Prayer for the Children

 We pray for the children
who sneak popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.
 And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who never “counted potatoes”,
who are born in places where we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.
 We pray for the children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money
 And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can’t find bread to steal,
who don’t have rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
whose monsters are real.
 We Pray for the Children
who spend their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove direct clothes under the bed,
who never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and
whose smiles can make us cry.
 And we pray for those
whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything,
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move, but have no being
 We pray for the children
who want to be carried and for those who must,
who we never give up on and for those who don’t get a second chance.
We pray for those we smother ….. and for those who will grab at the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

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« Reply #1687 on: April 09, 2010, 04:40:29 PM »

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Westboro Baptist Church protests stir strong emotions
Friday, April 9, 2010; 3:56 PM | 14 | ShareThis | Print
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An unofficial student counter-protest drew about 200 students to the GLC Plaza. Dan Harrington, Morgan Harrington's father, was also in attendance. His wife, Gil Harrington, is currently in Zambia on a medical volunteer mission.

"I applaud the students and administration for doing a peaceful rally," Dan Harrington said. "Why are they here? Why would they target my daughter? Why villify her? She was murdered."

Harrington marched down College Avenue along with student supporters. Standing on the street corner under a sign that read, "God and VT love Morgan Harrington," he raised his voice along with Tech students chanting the name of his daughter at the WBC members across the street.
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« Reply #1688 on: April 09, 2010, 04:42:40 PM »

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« Reply #1689 on: April 09, 2010, 05:13:01 PM »

http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/breaking/wb/242811

Westboro Baptist protests come to an end in Blacksburg

By Tonia Moxley, Anna L. Mallory and Sharla Bardin | The Roanoke Times

Updated: 3:40 p.m. | Posted: 10:30 a.m.

BLACKSBURG -- Six protesters from Westboro Baptist Church -- three adults and three children -- spent about 30 minutes at their final stop outside Blacksburg Middle School and then left town.

At their first two protests in downtown Blacksburg -- outside the Jewish Community Center and the National Bank -- the Westboro Baptist group was flanked by about two dozen police officers and a crowd of nearly 350 counter-protesters. Among them were about 100 Virginia Tech students, who marched from their gathering on campus to join in.

Another 250 counter-protesters filled the sidewalks on Prices Fork Road outside the middle school. Their presence was supported by motorists navigating Prices Fork Road who honked their horns and made rude gestures toward the Westboro Baptist group.

The church is an anti-Semitic group founded by the Rev. Fred Phelps held three 30-minute demonstrations, carrying signs that read, "No peace for the wicked," among other things.

Shirley Phelps-Roper said was happy to see all the counter-protesters in Blacksburg. "It makes a wonderful backdrop to our message," she said.

The message? That that God has doomed America for its growing tolerance of gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. "Their destruction is emminent," Phelps-Roper said.

"Virginia Tech is just such a sweet spot in our hillbilly culture, and I will just not put up with this," said Karen Carr, who drove from Galax to Blacksburg this morning. "I'm so proud of the Hokies for putting on a class act."
 
More than 100 Virginia Tech students grouped together at Tech's Graduate Life Center and divided into lines to walk the handful of blocks to downtown, where the Westboro protesters were gathered. The line grew as the students began their walk from campus and some estimates were that the crowd grew into hundreds.

The counter-protesters yelled "Hokies" and held signs that spoke of love and tolerance -- such as "Love thy neighbor," "Virginia Tech is about respect" and "God loves everyone" -- to those with a more humorous message, such as "Free hugs."
Student Johnathan Cace, who led one of the groups walking downtown, said the effort was all student-led and not affiliated with any one group on campus.

The effort was meant to show "Hokie pride" and spread a positive message to counteract the one coming from the Westboro group, which students said was one of hate.

"This is a wonderful community. There's no room for hate here," said Megan Maloney, a Tech alumnus, who held a sign that read, "Love triumphs over all."

The Tech gathering also included Dan Harrington, father of slain student Morgan Harrington.

Harrington said he decided to come to the student gathering after seeing a reference to his daughter on the Westboro Web site. He said he came to the event Friday to represent his family and was proud of the showing from Tech students.

He likened the Westboro group to a terrorist group and described them as the "American Taliban."

"What's their agenda? That's the piece I can't quite figure out," he said.

At Blacksburg Middle School, Eric Thomas, a Blacksburg High School social studies teacher who also is co-sponsor of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, said he saw the Westboro group’s protest as a learning experience for students.
 
“If they can endure this then they will have learned what it truly is to be an American,” he said.

He said in his classes he’s explained the constitutional right the group has to speak their mind, and this was a first-hand lesson for students who have the same right.

“They’re actually involved in it,” he said. “They’re not just standing back.”

Thomas said he did suggest to club members that they refrain from wearing BHS or club regalia for fear of any possible negative outlook on the school. He said that was a decision he and the club’s other sponsor made, not an administrative one.

The Westboro group regularly files suits against those they come in contact with.

About 20 of the club’s members attended the protest.

Jason Ryan, the club's president, dressed in a tie-dyed jumpsuit and carried a sign that read, “All you need is love.” He stood across Prices Fork Road from the six Westboro protesters and held up the peace sign.
 
“I think it went well,” he said after the 30-minute protest. He and about 100 students from both the middle and high school joined the rally as a way to spread love, instead of what they said was a hate message.

“I’d hate to spread hate right back at them [Westboro], said senior Katie Warman, who dressed in a Viking hat and carried at tambourine to what turned into a celebration of love and friendship.

School administrators prepared for the event outside of their shared middle and high school, too. Top administrators, including Superintendent Brenda Blackburn, wee on hand to help “direct traffic” and to ensure student safety.

About 70 students were absent from Blacksburg Middle School on Friday, said Nelson Simpkins, director of secondary schools. He said it was unclear how many were related to the protesters. Some parents also chose to pull their children out of classes early to avoid the Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

“I think it’s a good learning experience,” said Shelor Roberts, who signed out her daughter Barbara at about 10:30 a.m..

“She feels very deeply about issues that involve more than just her,” Roberts said.

Barbara Roberts stood beside Ryan during the counter protest, and said she plans to join the GSAO next school year.
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« Reply #1690 on: April 09, 2010, 06:44:43 PM »

http://www.wset.com/news/stories/0410/724191.html
Anti-Gay Protest Sparks Counter-Protest
04/09/10 4:22 pm   |   reporter: David Tate   producer: Amy Foster
Blacksburg, VA - It was quite a scene on the campus of Virginia Tech Friday afternoon, as infamous anti-gay protestors descended on Blacksburg.

The group from Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church is known for demonstrating at funerals for fallen servicemen.

The murder of Tech student Morgan Harrington brought them to campus Friday.
However, a counter-protest, that included Morgan's father Dan Harrington, dwarfed the actual demonstration.

At first Harrington said he wasn't going to come to the event so not to play into the protesters' hands, but he realized it was something he had to do for Morgan and his wife Gil.

Shirley Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church couldn't be any happier to see the hundreds of Hokies show up to counter her message.

"It makes a wonderful back drop for our message. This is what we are telling you. You've ruined these children. The curse of God is that they aren't good for nothing," Phelps-Roper said.

It's a message Harrington didn't want to hear, mostly because the excuse used by the Phelps followers to come to Blacksburg was the murder of his daughter, Morgan.

"I went to the website and the picture they had posted that has my daughter's name attached to it... that Morgan deserved her death is just reprehensible," Harrington said.
So Harrington joined the hundreds of students and townspeople who already knew what their role on this day would be.

Counter protestor Mathis Kennington said, "We wanna put out a positive counter message so anyone who is coerced into seeing this do whatever it is they do, might have something else to look at."

And that message carried the day. While on one street corner, the message was one of intolerance and apocalypse, the other three corners were filled with people dancing in the streets and focusing on the positive.

"My wife felt very strongly about this. She's currently in Zambia on a medical mission and because she can't be here and felt very strongly about it I needed to go instead… so I am representing my wife," Harrington said.

The Westboro group consisted of just a half-dozen people who were related to one another. They made three stops in Blacksburg, including one at the Jewish Community Center as well as the Blacksburg High School/Middle School building. They reason they stopped at the Blacksburg High gym is because according to Phelps-Roper, this community is being "god smacked" and collapse is proof.

Dan Harrington joins counter-protests in Blacksburg.
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« Reply #1691 on: April 10, 2010, 09:24:21 AM »

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/protest_by_radical_church_results_in_rally_by_students/54691/
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Protest by radical church results in rally by students
By Bryan McKenzie
Published: April 9, 2010
The father of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington attended a student gathering in Blacksburg held in opposition to the anti-gay, anti-military, anti-Semitic marchers from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.

Six people — three adults and three children — protested at three places Friday, according to the Roanoke Times, including in Blacksburg and the Roanoke area.

Harrington, 20, disappeared Oct. 17 after leaving a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena. Her body was found in rural Albemarle County on Jan. 26.

Her death, which is being investigated as a homicide, led UVa officials to retrain arena staff on how to deal with venue patrons who may be intoxicated or “in distress.”

The arena, however, did not change its no-reentry policy, which received criticism after Harrington’s disappearance.

According to the Roanoke Times, Dan Harrington attended a Friday student gathering after seeing a reference to his daughter on the Westboro church Web site.

The church became controversial for protesting at the funerals of slain soldiers, saying their deaths were God’s vengeance for society’s acceptance of gays and lesbians.
You all wail about the fate of Morgan Harrington, but you know you brought that curse on yourselves by your proud disobedience to the standards of God,” the church’s Web site states. “That rebellion shows that you hate your children. More and worse is coming. God hates Virginia Tech.”   

Roanoke-area churches and students held several rallies and counter-protests during the day, including the one on campus that Harrington attended.

Harrington said he came to the event to represent his family and was proud of the showing from Tech students, the Roanoke Times reported. He likened the Westboro group to a terrorist group and described them as the “American Taliban.”

“What’s their agenda? That’s the piece I can’t quite figure out,” he said.

Morgan Harrington’s disappearance led UVa officials to reinforce training for event staff at the arena and other university venues, officials said.

“We have asked everyone who works the venue to be on heightened alert to their surroundings and the behavior of individuals they encounter,” said Carol Wood, UVa spokeswoman. “Again, the training was a reemphasis of what is already taught in training exercises and reaffirmation that we want event staff to take responsibility to make a quick judgment when they observe something they believe needs attention.”

Patrons at the arena still face the no-reentry policy, however. A similar policy is in place at Scott Stadium and at most entertainment and sports venues around the state, including the Richmond Coliseum, Hampton Roads Coliseum, Jiffy Lube Live and the Virginia Beach Amphitheater.

“A no-reentry policy is typical of most major event venues,” Wood said. “Exceptions to the reentry policy are made for urgent matters that are brought to the attention of management by members of our trained staff.”
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« Reply #1692 on: April 10, 2010, 12:13:50 PM »

I hope investigators are on task and not paying any attention to this distraction.
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« Reply #1693 on: April 10, 2010, 02:24:21 PM »

I hope investigators are on task and not paying any attention to this distraction.


Me too Edward.I so want this case solved. 
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« Reply #1694 on: April 10, 2010, 02:28:01 PM »

http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2010/04/10/harrington-seccuro-help-uva-take-back-the-night/
  Harrington, Seccuro help UVA ‘take back the night’
by Hawes Spencer
published 7:26am Saturday Apr 10, 2010

The father of murdered college student Morgan Harrington paid a visit to an annual rally against sexual violence Thursday night, as Liz Seccuro, someone who sought justice 21 years after a UVA fraternity house sexual assault also joined the April 8 event in Washington Park. Dan Harrington of Roanoke brought many ralliers to tears as he recalled his daughter’s disappearance and death and stressed “a need for societal change” to reduce violence against women and others. Courteney Stuart photographed  the event.
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« Reply #1695 on: April 10, 2010, 02:30:28 PM »

Edward,here is an interesting article for 2004.   
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2004/11/11/coverhowuvaturnsitsbackonr.html
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« Reply #1696 on: April 10, 2010, 03:06:41 PM »

Edward,here is an interesting article for 2004.   
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2004/11/11/coverhowuvaturnsitsbackonr.html

by speaking out, Hylton might find herself facing charges of breaching the secrecy rules


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Thank You for that link.. Now what the hell is secracy rules on sex/violent crimes?
What does this suggest about Moragans case too with the ball players witnessed with her ?

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« Reply #1697 on: April 10, 2010, 03:12:41 PM »

UVA may get some help revising its policies. Hylton has filed a complaint against UVA with the Department of Education, which requires universities to make public the dates and results of all sexual assault hearings.


WHAT ? 
The culprit should be arrested and follow all due process for conviction under state and federal law.  ???

What give any college a right to do this  ??

I am really wondering about the ball players now for sure.
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« Reply #1698 on: April 10, 2010, 03:14:01 PM »

What is worse is the Department of education supports this or it would never be true in the first place.
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« Reply #1699 on: April 10, 2010, 03:32:34 PM »

Collegiate secret societies in North America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collegiate_secret_societies_in_North_America

OK ... I am willing to bet law enforcment has ignored the sports players..
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