BOSTON, April 10 (UPI) -- Police say the group of frightened, nearly naked men discovered duct taped together in a Boston basement is the work of fraternity hazing.
Responding to a call about a loud party, police reported to a house early Monday to find them in the basement. They were duct taped, wrist-to-wrist to form a human chain, wearing almost nothing. Police told WBZ-TV, Boston, it appeared as though the men had been doused with flour, coffee grinds, honey and other condiments. Their backs showed red welts, indicating they may have suffered a beating.
The police report illustrated a chilling scene of humiliation:
"All five were shivering and had horrified and fearful looks on their faces … Officer asked if they were alright and got no verbal answer. Victim looked right at officer and with tears coming down his face shook his head from right to left and back indicating no."
The house belonged to Alpha Epsilon Pi, an underground fraternity not recognized by Boston University and already under investigation for a previous incident.
"We hold all of our students accountable for any violation of the code of student responsibilities, whether it happens on or off campus. We are very concerned for the alleged victims," said Boston University spokesman Colin Riley