8 college students have been charged after a twenty-year-old died from a fraternity "hazing"...

And people have not only been left heartbroken over this tragic loss...


But they've also been questioning the nature of college fraternities and how dangerous they can be for young people.

Twenty-year-old Stone Foltz, a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, tragically lost his life last month after attending a fraternity party.

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According to TODAY, Foltz took part in a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pledge initiation event at an off-campus house which lead to a "fraternity hazing" taking place.

College hazing began as, and still is, a ceremony for welcoming new members into a closed society.


But in more recent years, hazing has become a ritual designed to cause embarrassment, harassment, physical harm, and humiliation to new members of the society.

Foltz was forced to drink approximately twenty shots of hard liquor...


And he was then taken home and left alone by other fraternity members, where his housemate would later find him unresponsive.

He died 3 days later in the hospital.

Prosecutors have confirmed that Foltz died with a blood-alcohol level more than 4 times Ohio's legal driving limit.


Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson said, as per NBC News, that the new members were almost all underage and were given 750 ml of liquor that they were forced to consume that night.

"It is alleged that Stone Foltz consumed all or nearly all of the contents of his bottle and then was taken home by several members, including his [fraternity] big brother Jacob Krinn," Dobson said, "He was left there alone."

Dobson also alleged that several fraternity members intentionally misled investigators and disposed of evidence to protect themselves and the chapter.


"We believe and allege that hazing was an integral part of this event."

And now, a month on from the tragic incident, a grand jury indictment charged 6 men with manslaughter and 2 men with hazing, among other charges.

Jacob Krinn faces the most severe charge of first-degree manslaughter, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of eleven years in prison, and a charge of reckless homicide.

He is also facing a third-degree manslaughter charge and a hazing charge, along with Daylen Dunson, twenty; Canyon Caldwell, twenty-one; Troy Henricksen, twenty-three; Niall Sweeney, twenty-one; and Jarrett Prizel, nineteen.

The attorney for the Foltz family is calling for change in the wake of the young man's death.


"Kids are dying on college campuses," Rex Elliott told NBC's Gabe Gutierrez, "And if we don't dramatically reform the system, then these young kids are going to continue to lose their lives."

Foltz's parents also released a statement Thursday through their attorney.


"We are living every parent's worst nightmare and will not be at peace until fraternity hazing is seen for what it truly is - abuse," the statement said.

"It's unacceptable, and in Stone's case, it was fatal. How many injuries and deaths will it take for people in positions of power to do the right thing?"

The Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at Bowling Green has been temporarily suspended.


"The actions of any individuals found responsible are unacceptable and do not align with Pi Kappa Alpha's values," the national fraternity said in a statement.

Rest in Peace, Stone.

This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.