Univ. of Florida frat expels 3 over insults to wounded vets

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A University of Florida fraternity has expelled three of its members after allegations that they spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City resort.

Zeta Beta Tau Executive Director Laurence Bolotin said in a statement on Friday that the group made the expulsions after finding that its members behaved inappropriately.

The incident occurred while the fraternity and veterans with the Warrior Beach Retreat were at the Laketown Wharf Resort last weekend.

Linda Cope, founder of the warrior group, says the frat members were drunk and insulted the veterans and stole their flags.

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs called the behavior unacceptable and promised a full investigation.

Bolotin also apologized and said he was deeply saddened by the actions of his fraternity’s members.

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