In the lawsuit, Cory and Shari Foltz alleged that their 20-year-old son was subjected to vile harassment by the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, known as PIKE, during his sophomore year when he was a pawn.
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Bowling Green State finally expelled the fraternity last year, saying it will never again be recognized by the university due to bullying the university said in a statement was “absolutely intolerable.” A university investigation found that the “fraternity is reckless with disregard for the health and safety” of the community, the statement said.
The lawsuit alleges that Foltz and other pawns were taken to the basement of a Bowling Green home and he was forced to drink a full liter of bourbon during a defilement ritual.
“We promised Stone that we would end college campus bullying forever. By filing a complaint against Bowling Green State University, we are doing what is necessary to hold those in power accountable for their deplorable inactions to keep students safe and reckless disregard for any activity,” said Shari and Cory Foltz in a statement to ABC News.
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According to the lawsuit, Foltz was allegedly told to empty the bottle and that members of the fraternity would take care of him.
Due to forced drinking, Foltz spent nearly three days in a coma and died of alcohol poisoning on March 7, 2021, according to the lawsuit.
Foltz’s parents allege that the university was responsible for their son’s death after years of turning a blind eye to bullying within PIKE, the lawsuit says.
“While the University is fully aware of decades of harassment activities at Bowling Green, the University enthusiastically advocates Greek life to parents and students. To be clear, any perceived benefit students receive from joining a Greek organization is fully and completely outweighed by the risk of injury or death from antiquated and deadly rituals of bullying,” Foltz’s parents allege in the lawsuit.
The Foltzs alleged PIKE had a history of bullying that their son was unaware of when he became a pledge, and that the university was not aware of this ritual until 2019 but did nothing about it, according to the lawsuit.
“Without immediate change, students across the country will continue to experience humiliation, injury and death from bullying. We call for more education for students, transparency for parents, zero tolerance policies for Greek organizations and immediate action from university leaders who have complete control over what is happening on their campus,” the Foltzs said.
The lawsuit alleges that Stone Foltz would not have died were it not for the university’s reckless, lax policies, lax enforcement of those policies, promotion of PIKE’s chapter, cursory investigations, and willful inaction in the face of repeated warnings.
The university defended itself against these allegations and described the lawsuit as unfounded.
“The death of Stone Foltz was a tragedy and what his family endured is unimaginable. However, this lawsuit is unfounded and undermines our continued efforts to eliminate the hazing. We are resolute in our legal position, and as a government-sponsored university, we will vigorously defend our community against this action,” Alex Solis, assistant chief of staff and spokesman for Bowling Green, said in a statement.
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