The parents of an Ohio University student Collin Wiant have filed a suit against Sigma Pi; alleging that the fraternity contributed to the wrongful death of Collin. Wiant died last year due to asphyxiation from whippets shortly after joining the fraternity.
The lawsuit alleges that the fraternity hazed Collin by forcing him to take the drugs that resulted in his death among other other acts such as forcing him to endure sleep deprivation, beatings, and forced intoxication.
The suit names Sigma Pi’s Epsilon chapter, the national organization, and 10 unknown individuals for wrongful death.
“We sit here in 2018 and 2019 and we still have out-of-control fraternities running amok, hazing young college students to the point of injuries or, in this case, death,” Rex Elliott, the prosecuting attorney said. “This isn’t the ‘70s and ‘80s anymore, and the fact that this is still going on is appalling.”Rex Elliott
The Epsilon chapter was ordered to cease and desist following Collin’s death last year. The investigation is still open.