Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

The mother and father of Bowling Green State University scholar Stone Foltz filed a lawsuit towards the college after a hazing incident resulted of their son’s dying attributable to alcohol poisoning in Ohio final yr.

In the lawsuit, Cory and Shari Foltz alleged that their 20-year-old son was subjected to heinous acts of hazing by the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, often known as PIKE, throughout his sophomore yr of faculty, when he was a pledge.

PHOTO: Cory and Shari Foltz, parents of Stone Foltz, a student who died after an alleged hazing incident, look on while Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson, left, takes questions from the media in Bowling Green, Ohio, April 29, 2021.

Cory and Shari Foltz, the mother and father of Stone Foltz,a Bowling Green State University scholar who died after an alleged hazing incident, look on whereas Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson, left, takes questions from the media in Bowling Green, Ohio, April 29, 2021. Three former fraternity members have been sentenced Thursday, June 16, 2022, to jail phrases for his or her roles within the hazing dying of a Bowling Green State University scholar, whereas two others have been ordered to serve home arrest.

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Bowling Green State completely expelled the fraternity final yr, saying it would by no means once more be acknowledged by the college, attributable to hazing, which the college mentioned in an announcement “is totally insupportable.” A college investigation discovered the “fraternity to be reckless with a disregard for the well being and security” of the neighborhood, in response to the assertion.

The lawsuit alleges that Foltz and different pledges have been taken to the basement of a Bowling Green dwelling and he was pressured to drink a whole liter of bourbon, throughout a hazing ritual.

“We promised Stone that we’d finish hazing on school campuses for good. By submitting a grievance towards Bowling Green State University, we’re doing what is important to carry folks in energy accountable for his or her woeful inactions to maintain college students secure and reckless disregard for criminality,” Shari and Cory Foltz mentioned in an announcement to ABC News.

Foltz was allegedly advised to complete the bottle and that members of the frat would care for him, in response to the lawsuit.

Due to the pressured binge consuming, Foltz spent nearly three days in a coma and died on March 7, 2021, from alcohol poising, the lawsuit alleged.

Foltz’s mother and father allege that the college is chargeable for their son’s dying after turning a blind eye to hazing inside PIKE for years, in response to the lawsuit.

“Despite being fully conscious of the hazing actions which have taken place at Bowling Green for many years, the University enthusiastically endorses Greek life to folks and college students. To be clear, any perceived profit college students get from becoming a member of a Greek group is totally and completely outweighed by the chance of damage or dying by antiquated and lethal hazing rituals,” Foltz’s mother and father allege within the lawsuit.

PHOTO: An alleged hazing activity involving alcohol consumption at a Pi Kappa Alpha off-campus event  resulted in the hospitalization of a student. on March 4, 2020 at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

An alleged hazing exercise involving alcohol consumption at a Pi Kappa Alpha off-campus occasion resulted within the hospitalization of a scholar. on March 4, 2020 at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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The Foltzs claimed PIKE had a historical past of hazing, which their son had been unaware of when he turned a pledge, and that the college was conscious of this ritual as just lately as 2019 however did nothing about it, in response to the lawsuit.

“Students throughout the nation will proceed to expertise humiliation, damage and dying from hazing with out instant change. We demand elevated schooling for college kids, transparency for fogeys, zero-tolerance insurance policies for Greek organizations and instant motion from University leaders who’ve full management over what occurs on their campuses,” the Foltzs mentioned.

The lawsuit claims that Stone Foltz wouldn’t have died have been it not for the college’s recklessness, lax insurance policies, lax enforcement of these insurance policies, promotion of PIKE’s chapter, perfunctory investigations and willful inaction within the face of repeated warnings.

The college pushed again towards these claims, calling the lawsuit meritless.

“Stone Foltz’s dying was a tragedy, and what his household has endured is unimaginable. However, this lawsuit is meritless and undermines our continued efforts to eradicate hazing. We are resolved in our authorized place, and as a state-supported college, we’ll defend our neighborhood vigorously towards this motion,” Alex Solis, Bowling Green’s deputy chief of employees and spokesperson, mentioned in an announcement.

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