June 30, 2022

Parents of college student Stone Foltz sue Bowling Green State University after son died after fraternity hazing incident

TOLEDO, Ohio — The mother and father of Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz filed a lawsuit towards the college after a hazing incident resulted of their son’s demise as a result of alcohol poisoning in Ohio final yr.

Within 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 Worldwide Fraternity, often called PIKE, throughout his sophomore yr of college, when he was a pledge.

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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, as a result of hazing, which the college stated in an announcement “is absolutely intolerable.” A college investigation discovered the “fraternity to be reckless with a disregard for the health and safety” of the group, in keeping with the assertion.

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

“We promised Stone that we would end hazing on college campuses for good. By filing a complaint against Bowling Green State University, we are doing what is necessary to hold people in power accountable for their woeful inactions to keep students safe and reckless disregard for illegal activity,” Shari and Cory Foltz stated in an announcement to ABC Information.

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Foltz was allegedly instructed to complete the bottle and that members of the frat would take care of him, in keeping with the lawsuit.

As a result of pressured binge ingesting, 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 accountable for their son’s demise after turning a blind eye to hazing inside PIKE for years, in keeping with the lawsuit.

“Despite being completely aware of the hazing activities that have taken place at Bowling Green for decades, the University enthusiastically endorses Greek life to parents and students. To be clear, any perceived benefit students get from joining a Greek organization is completely and totally outweighed by the risk of injury or death by antiquated and deadly hazing rituals,” Foltz’s mother and father allege within the lawsuit.

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

“Students across the country will continue to experience humiliation, injury and death from hazing without immediate change. We demand increased education for students, transparency for parents, zero-tolerance policies for Greek organizations and immediate action from University leaders who have complete control over what happens on their campuses,” the Foltzs stated.

The lawsuit claims that Stone Foltz wouldn’t have died had 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 death was a tragedy, and what his family has endured is unimaginable. However, this lawsuit is meritless and undermines our continued efforts to eradicate hazing. We are resolved in our legal position, and as a state-supported university, we will defend our community vigorously against this action,” Alex Solis, Bowling Green’s deputy chief of workers and spokesperson, stated in an announcement.