Sigma Alpha Epsilon

The University of Oklahoma expelled two students who were accused of having a "leadership role" in Sigma Alpha Epsilon's racist chant video that leaked earlier this week.

One of the students issued an apology while the family of the other student released a statement on his behalf. Brody and Susan Pettit, parents of expelled student Levi Pettit, said in a statement to Dallas Morning News, "He made a horrible mistake and will live with the consequences forever.'

"We were as shocked and saddened by this news as anyone,'' the family statement continued. "Of course, we are sad for our son, but more importantly, we apologize to the community he has hurt. We would also like to apologize to the entire African American community, University of Oklahoma student body and administration.''

Parker Rice, 19, offered his "deepest apologies" in and said he and his family have suffered since the video leaked.

University of Oklahoma, Rally

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"Our family is not able to be in our home because of threatening calls as well as frightening talk on social media," he said. "I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same."

"For me, this is a devastating lesson and I am seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again," the statement continued.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren released a statement on Twitter, saying the investigation into the video was continuing and that other students determined to have been part of the racist chant will face "appropriate disciplinary action."

"I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," Boren said. "I hope the entire nation will join us in having zero tolerance of such racism when it raises its ugly head in other situations across our country."

All SAE students had until Tuesday to move out of the fraternity house, which has since been vandalized with "tear it down" written on an outside wall. Other university students continue to rally outside of the closed house.

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