Butler County Times Gazette
  • KU fraternity sued by injured pledge

  • An eastern Kansas man has filed suit against a University of Kansas fraternity over injuries he suffered at a party in September.


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  • An eastern Kansas man has filed suit against a University of Kansas fraternity over injuries he suffered at a party in September.
    The Kansas City Star reported Friday that Matt Fritzie of Stilwell sued Phi Gamma Delta this week in Missouri's Jackson County Circuit Court for unspecified damages.
    Fritzie, a freshman pledge, was injured Sept. 17 after jumping into a homemade pool constructed of sandbags and a tarp. The lawsuit alleges Fritzie was ordered to dive into the pool during the fraternity's "Fiji Island" party and suffered "severe injuries, including permanent spine damage and paralysis."
    After treatment at a hospital and a rehabilitation center, Fritzie was sent to a Denver clinic that specializes in serious spinal cord injuries.
    The lawsuit alleges that fraternity officials were aware of past problems with the annual Fiji Island party, and that national fraternity officials had specifically prohibited the building of any pools or ponds. The lawsuit also asserts that minors were allowed to drink alcohol during the party.
    Calls to Phi Gamma Delta's national headquarters in Kentucky and to lawyers for others named in the lawsuit were unanswered Friday.

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