Penn State students scolded for ‘will mow lawn for weed + beer’

on 11/12/12 at 5:39 pm

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Penn State president Rodney Erickson admonished students who wore costumes and held offensive signs in photographs circulated on the Internet, but said in a campus-wide letterThursday that the school won’t pursue disciplinary action.

The letter didn’t specifically reference the photos or name the Chi Omega sorority, which has apologized. But Erickson said it became clear in recent days that some students “celebrated Halloween in costumes that offended others” and acted contrary to university values.

One sign in the photo of sorority sisters says “will mow lawn for weed + beer.” Two women holding signs are wearing fake mustaches. Others in the photo wore sombreros.

Erickson said the “disturbing behaviors” were protected by free speech rights. He said he was disappointed and dismayed, but hoped that lessons would be learned from the case.

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