Parents of Bowling Green student sue university for son’s death in hazing incident

The suit alleges that the university was aware of a ritual that pledges were being forced to drink an entire liter of bourbon.
By: | June 24, 2022

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.

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.

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