Matt Fritzie, the KU freshman who became partially paralyzed after swan diving into a shoddy, shallow pool at his FIJI Island frat party in September, filed a lawsuit last week against his national fraternity Phi Delta Gamma (FIJI) and his chapter at KU.
Fritzie's lawsuit marks the frat's third recent honor. First, the university placed the chapter on probation for the next two years for hazing; then The Pitch named the frat Humanitarians of the Year in its Larry Johnson Awards for idiocy. Their most noble deed? After Fritzie was airlifted to the hospital, the frat brothers kept partying.
The Star reported
some of the details of the lawsuit, which claims that Fritzie was
forced by his frat brothers to dive into a pool, which the pledges built, and
suffered "permanent spine damage and paralysis." The suit alleges that
the pool never should have been there in the first place. National FIJI
officials specifically forbade the construction of ponds or pools, the
The suit also alleges that minors were allowed to drink alcohol at the FIJI Island party and that pledges were forced to build the pool out of sandbags.
Fritzie is suing for unspecified damages, but one thing is certain: It'll never be enough.
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