Crime | March 8, 2021 5:58 pm

Bowling Green Student Dies After Alleged Hazing Incident

It's the second hazing-related death in as many weeks to befall an American college campus

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Bowling Green is investigating the recent death of a student.
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Ohio’s Bowling Green State University has temporarily suspended its chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity following the death of a 20-year-old student. The family of the deceased, business major Stone Foltz, alleges that his death came as the result of an alcohol-related hazing, reports The Guardian.

Foltz was hospitalized after the incident, and died on Sunday.

The family’s attorney, Sean Alto, spoke with NewsNation and provided more details about the incident and its aftermath. “The nature of the hazing incident is still being investigated,” Alto said, “but I can tell you that it involved a large quantity of alcohol consumed in a very short period of time during a fraternity pledge event.”

Bowling Green announced via a statement that they would cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation: “We are working with local law enforcement, who are actively taking the lead in investigating this unfolding situation.”

NewsNation also reports that the fraternity’s national chapter placed the local chapter on administrative suspension. “The Fraternity has a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal activity, substance abuse, bullying, and hazing of any kind,” they said in a statement.

This is the second death tied to fraternity hazings in the last 10 days — an unsettling statistic for the year.