Levi Pettit has been identified as the second student expelled at the University of Oklahoma after a racist video surfaced. His parents issued a statement asking for forgiveness for their 20-year-old son.
Brody and Susan Pettit asked for forgiveness of the black community and the University of Oklahoma, saying their son was not raised that way:
“As parents of Levi, we love him and care for him deeply. He made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever. However, we also know the depth of our son’s character. He is a good boy, but what we saw in those videos is disgusting. While it may be difficult for those who only know Levi from the video to understand, we know his heart, and he is not a racist. We raised him to be loving and inclusive and we all remain surrounded by a diverse, close-knit group of friends.
We were as shocked and saddened by this news as anyone. 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. Our family has the responsibility to apologize, and also to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. Our words will only go so far – as a family, we commit to following our words with deeds.
To our friends and family, thank you for your kind comments and prayers. They are very comforting in this difficult time.
We ask that the media and public please respect our family’s privacy as we come together to heal and determine next steps.”
Parker Rice was identified as the other SAE frat member expelled from OU. House mother Beauton Gilbow is also under fire over chanting the n-word to Trinidad James’ song at a party. OU professor Dr. George Henderson said “I don’t know if she’s a racist, but she is complicit.” He added, “Certainly in 2015 with the dialogue we’ve had with that hurtful word certainly she’s aware that it’s hurtful.”