Buffalo Zoo Wants MTV Frat Boys Charged
In a recent episode of MTV's reality show "Fraternity Life," the Sigma Chi newbies -- Tim Kukulka, Earl Altheide and Steve Paul -- were shown breaking into the Buffalo Zoo and walking between the hyena and antelope exhibits, reports the Associated Press. The students talked about stealing an animal as a mascot, but the animals' cages ruined their plans and the threesome left empty-handed, zoo president Donna Fernandes tells AP.
Now, zoo officials are urging the District Attorney's office to press criminal trespassing charges -- a misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail term of 90 days -- against the trio.
"The idea is not to necessarily come down with a sledgehammer on the kids, but to send a message out that the zoo is not going to condone, and will aggressively pursue, anything which potentially puts the animals, or by the way, the trespassers themselves, in any sort of jeopardy," District Attorney Frank Clark tells AP.
But that's not the only hot water the MTV reality series has gotten the Buffalo fraternity into. Earlier this month, officials at the university suspended the Sigma Chi Omega chapter because some of the activities they saw on the show appeared to break the school's anti-hazing rules.