Promises killed during fraternity harassment, family records lawsuit

The Brotherhood’s promise is forced to drink a whole bottle of alcohol and dies of alcohol poisoning. Family sued.

Stone Foltz, 20, of Delaware, Ohio, who joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Bowling Green State University, died of alcohol poisoning in March after an alleged clouding ritual. His parents have now brought an unlawful death lawsuit against the Brotherhood and some of its members.

Eight current or former members were charged in April with involuntary manslaughter or harassment. The most serious manslaughter charge has a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, while others include multiple offenses for clouding and non-compliance with underage alcohol laws. Those named in the lawsuit include the alleged cloudiness organizers, the Bowling Green Chapter, and the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.

Wood County District Attorney Paul A. Dobson said, “The multiple instances of clouding and non-compliance with underage alcohol laws reflect allegations that these defendants were involved in providing copious amounts of alcohol to Mr. Foltz and the other new members . ” of the University’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter. “

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“The pledges were brought into a cellar blindfolded and forced to drink a whole bottle of alcohol – the equivalent of about 40 shots,” the lawsuit said. “Foltz finished the bottle in just 18 minutes and members of the Brotherhood took him to his apartment where a roommate found him unconscious. He died three days later. “Foltz had a blood alcohol level of 0.35 when he found it.

It went on, “The Brotherhood and Its Chapters Across the Country” have had cases of clouding and wrongdoing for decades, leading to university disciplinary action, civil suits and serious injuries. The national organization put the Bowling Green chapter on parole for the Spring 2020 semester, but they just started where they left off after parole ended. “

In a follow-up investigation, the university found that the fraternity leaders told the pledges to let their professors know that they would likely not be in class the next day. Foltz was deposed after the ritual and his older brother was to spend the night with him. “Instead, Stone Foltz was taken from the car to his apartment and left alone on the couch to die,” the complaint read. “His roommate came home and found him face down on a couch and still breathing, but he soon stopped breathing and his face and ears turned purple and blue.”

The national brotherhood said it was “heartbroken” and expressed “sympathy” to all concerned. University spokesman Alex Solis said: “This is a permanent loss of recognition – the fraternity will never be recognized again at BGSU in the future. This displacement is due to a clouding that is absolutely unbearable. The university’s investigation found that the brotherhood is ruthless and disregards the health and safety of our community. “This research also revealed a deep culture of deception that is ingrained in the organization and filled with dishonesty and disrespect for our community.”


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