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Andrew Coffey family sues fraternity in death of son

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The parents of Florida State fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey are suing the national offices of the Pi Kappa Phi, the local chapter’s advisers and the nine men charged in what investigators say was their son’s hazing death.

The lawsuit alleges years of hazing and abuse at the FSU Pi Kappa Phi chapter perpetuated by the actions or inaction of the national offices in Charlotte.

The 15-count lawsuit filed Tuesday in Leon County Circuit Court condemns allowing the pervasive culture of heavy drinking, paddling, humiliation and the Nov. 2  “Big Brother night” when Coffey would later die of alcohol poisoning as part of the unchecked culture of the frat and its members.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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