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Bowling Green students indicted in alleged hazing death

Stone Foltz’s parents, Cory (center) and Shari, at the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Thursday Associated Press/Photo by J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune

Bowling Green students indicted in alleged hazing death

Stone Foltz, a 20-year-old business major at Bowling Green State University, died three days after his roommates found him unconscious when fraternity members dropped him off at his apartment. Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity allegedly took blindfolded pledges into a basement, pushed and shouted at them to disorient them, and encouraged each to drink a whole bottle of alcohol as part of an off-campus hazing event, prosecutors told reporters. On Thursday, they announced indictments against seven college students and another man in the March 4 incident. The county coroner ruled Foltz’s death resulted from alcohol poisoning, and the prosecutor said Foltz’s blood alcohol level was .35 percent—more than four times the legal limit for driving.

What crimes are the students accused of? Six received charges of involuntary manslaughter with a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Other charges included reckless homicide, hazing, and violating underage alcohol laws. The university expelled the fraternity in early April.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Leigh Jones’ report in Schooled on the hazing death of Pennsylvania State University sophomore Tim Piazza.

Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas.



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I was fortunate to be a veteran returning to college. Another older veteran who like me was using his GI bill marveled at the indulgent frat system and how it tacitly encouraged drunken rowdy behavior. In the military idiots who do that wind up in the brig. Where they belong! The other man said all his rowdy puerile foolishness was squeezed out of him in his navy years. During our college class he was strictly business. Maybe we should reconsider the wisdom of packing young men off to college where administrators have proudly rejected the "in loco parentis" obligation and attendant liability!