Campus reacts to suspension of WKU swim and dive programs


After a months-long investigation into a hazing scandal Western Kentucky University was rocked by the announcement that the swim and dive program had been suspended for five years.

Pictures on the swim and dive team’s Facebook page shows members huddled together during a match. But now, the team is torn apart in the wake of a hazing scandal.

“I was kind of surprised, but you never really know what’s going on behind closed doors sometimes,” said Marcus Ward, a member of the WKU football team.

The university, the NCAA and Bowling Green Police joined forces after a swim team member filed a complaint. In it the all-star athlete claims that he was assaulted, threatened, forced to drink alcohol and was humiliated for months. Police found evidence of marijuana, alcohol and poster boards with pictures of naked team members at a fraternity house. One of the pictures was marked with a racial slur.

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