Monday, January 3, 2011

Matt Fritzie sues KU's FIJI fraternity after becoming paralyzed at frat party

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 9:13 AM

click to enlarge KU freshman Matt Fritzie
  • KU freshman Matt Fritzie

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

suit says.

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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