A gay man was assaulted so severly at a University of Delaware fraternity party that his leg was broken, leaving the bone protruding through the skin.
Rancel Valdez was getting ready to leave an off-campus party hosted by Phi Gamma Delta when, he says, he was told to get out by a group of men. The 23-year-old reportedly told them he was going, but they continued to tell him to leave and began calling him homophobic slurs. When Valdez gave them the finger, one of the men shoved him to the ground. Valdez began to defend himself, but several of the men, whom he identified as members of at least one campus fraternity, began attacking him.
Valdez’s friend Erica Bundsehuh can be seen in a video trying to pull the men off. “I ran over. I’m trying to pull these kids off. Literally felt like it wasn’t stopping because they were getting pulled off and then someone else would just come over.”
Eventually other partygoers stepped in, taking Valdez to their house and calling for an ambulance. The attack left him in the hospital for two days, and has rendered him unable to work for the next month. Valdez says he’s concerned about mounting medical bills.
“This is worst pain I’ve ever felt,” he told told Delaware Online.
Police in Newark are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. In a statement, UD President Dennis Assanis said the assailants will be “held accountable for their actions.”
“This kind of reprehensible behavior is not tolerated at the University of Delaware,” he added. “The offensive language reportedly used in the incident stands in stark contrast to UD’s core values of diversity and inclusion,” Assanis continued. “Our community is better than this, and I encourage you to join me in our ongoing commitment to cultivate a culture of inclusive and respect at the University of Delaware.”
News of the attack comes as the Syracuse University chapter of Theta Tau has been suspended after videos surfaced depicting racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic behavior.