College student’s parents sue university over son’s death from bullying

TOLEDO, Ohio. The parents of Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz filed a lawsuit against the university following a hazing incident that resulted in the death of their son due to alcohol poisoning last year in Ohio.

In the lawsuit, Corey and Shari Foltz alleged that their 20-year-old son was subjected to heinous acts of hazing by Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, known as PIKE, during his sophomore year of college when he was bail.

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Last year, the state of Bowling Green permanently expelled the fraternity, saying it would never again be recognized by the university due to hazing, which the university says is “absolutely unacceptable.” According to the statement, the university investigation found that “the fraternity was recklessly disregarding the health and safety” of the community.

The lawsuit alleges that Foltz and other hostages were taken to the basement of a house in Bowling Green and forced to drink a full liter of bourbon during a hazing ritual.

“We promised Stone that we would end hazing on college campuses forever. By filing a complaint against Bowling Green State University, we are doing everything necessary to hold people accountable for their regrettable inaction to ensure the safety of students and the reckless disregard of illegal activities,” Shari and Corey Foltz said in a statement to ABC News.

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According to the lawsuit, Foltz was allegedly told to finish the bottle and that the fraternity members would take care of him.

The lawsuit alleges that due to forced drinking, Foltz spent almost three days in a coma and died on March 7, 2021 from alcohol intoxication.

According to the lawsuit, Foltz’s parents allege that the university was responsible for their son’s death after turning a blind eye to PIKE’s hazing for years.

“While the university is fully aware of the hazing that has taken place on Bowling Green for decades, the university is enthusiastic about supporting Greek life for parents and students. To be clear, any perceived benefit that students receive from joining a Greek organization is completely outweighed by the risk of injury or death from outdated and deadly hazing rituals,” Foltz’s parents allege in the lawsuit.

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The Foltzes claimed that PIKE had a history of hazing that their son was unaware of when he became bail, and that the university was aware of the ritual as recently as 2019 but did nothing about it, according to the lawsuit.

“Students across the country will continue to face humiliation, injury and death from hazing without immediate change. We demand higher levels of education for students, transparency for parents, a zero-tolerance policy towards Greek organizations, and immediate action from university leaders who have full control over what is happening. happens on their campuses,” the Foltzes said.

The lawsuit alleges that Stone Foltz would not have died were it not for the university’s recklessness, lax policies, lax enforcement of those policies, promotion of the PIKE branch, superficial investigations, and willful inaction in the face of repeated warnings.

The university denied these claims, calling the claim unfounded.

“The death of Stone Foltz was a tragedy and what his family went through is unimaginable. However, this lawsuit is futile and undermines our ongoing efforts to eradicate hazing. vigorously defend our community against these actions,” Alex Solis, deputy chief of staff and spokesman for Bowling Green, said in a statement.

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