By: JORDAN PITTMAN
(Gainesville, Ga.) – Kira Kasantev, better known as Miss America 2013, recently announced this passed Tuesday Sept. 23 that she was involved in a hazing situation with her sorority on the campus of her Long Island college. As a result of the scandal, higher officials of the sorority called for her forced removal from the organization as a whole.
In response to the negative attention this situation has brought the young role-model, she explains that even though her actions did technically qualify as hazing, she was brought into the sorority that way and the e-mail that is being used to validate her hazing allegations in this situation was misinterpreted.
“In the email I made a joke that was taken out of context and forwarded,” she said.
Kira explains that completing “menial tasks” to gain acceptance into her sorority, Alpha Phi on the campus of Hofstra University, is a common thing. But what joke could Miss America have possibly made that was bad enough to make her the face of sorority hazing?
“We would make the evening scary for the pledges” is what she wrote in her e-mail.
A representative from the Miss America Organization has spoken on behalf of Kira, admitting to reporters that she has been nothing but transparent and cooperative throughout this whole situation.
The spokesperson when on to reveal the organization’s opposition to the media’s decision to focus on this aspect of Kira’s life instead of the all the other wonderful things she has accomplished during her time serving as Miss America.
“It’s unfortunate that this incident has been exploited to create a storyline that distracts from what we should be focusing on: Kira’s impressive achievements at Hofstra University, including earning a triple major from the Honors College and her commitment to serving her community. Kira is an exceptional ambassador for the Miss America Organization, and we are excited to be a part of her journey as a force for good across our nation, promoting education and service and working to empower young women.”