Cell phone video shows Sunday fight in Pittsburg that sent two to the hospital
Victims say fight involved university fraternity
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Cell phone video sent to KOAM shows a fight that happened close to Pittsburg State University that sent two young men to the hospital on Sunday.
Both Pittsburg Police and university authorities are looking into the incident.
We confirmed with the parents of one of the victims that the footage is of the fight that sent 21-year-old Dylan Lawrence and 20-year-old Allan Wilkinson to the hospital. Lawrence is not a PSU student. Wilkinson is a PSU student.
They say people with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity were involved. The fight took place across the street from that fraternity.
The video shows a group of men arguing and fighting with one man, and another continues to be shoved away.
At one point, someone ends up on the ground surrounded by people.
Lawrence and Wilkinson were taken to Via Christi by a friend, and Lawrence was taken to the KU medical center in Kansas City from there via ambulance.
Both had broken jaws, and Lawrence has a tear in his airway.
Lawrence’s parents have not heard anything additional from the university or from university police.
They have heard from the Pittsburg Police Department though, who is investigating the incident, and asking anyone with information to come forward.
Pittsburg police also say they were not called when the incident was happening.
Many people on social media have talked about alleged past incidents involving Sigma Phi Epsilon.
We asked the university about those allegations on Wednesday.
“All reports that we receive we do take a look at. We do hold students accountable to our student conduct code for any potential violations,” said Jason Kegler, V.P. of Student Life. “As far as anything past, I don’t think that it’s appropriate for the university to respond.”
We also reached out to the university on Thursday.
They sent us the following statement after a request for on-camera interviews.
“We are unable to share information because it’s part of an active investigation. We are cooperating with Pittsburg Police Department. University Police is assisting them in their investigation. The altercation was not on university property. Further, we cannot share information about currently enrolled students according to federal law. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) protects the privacy of student records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.”
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