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Parents of college student sue university after son died after hazing incident

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.

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

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, known as PIKE, during his sophomore year of college, when he was a pledge.

Cory and Shari Foltz, the parents of Stone Foltz,a Bowling Green State University 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. Three former fraternity members were sentenced Thursday, June 16, 2022, to jail terms for their roles in the hazing death of a Bowling Green State University student, while two others were ordered to serve house arrest.

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Bowling Green State permanently expelled the fraternity last year, saying it will never again be recognized by the university, due to hazing, which the university said in a statement “is absolutely intolerable.” A university investigation found the “fraternity to be reckless with a disregard for the health and safety” of the community, according to the statement.

The lawsuit alleges that Foltz and other pledges were taken to the basement of a Bowling Green home and he was forced to drink an entire liter of bourbon, during 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 said in a statement to ABC News.

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

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

Foltz’s parents allege that the university is responsible for their son’s death after turning a blind eye to hazing within PIKE for years, according to 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…

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