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Frat sues Stanford College after pupil dies

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — Alumni of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity filed a lawsuit in opposition to Stanford College accusing directors of “arbitrarily punishing the group” after one of the vital fraternity’s participants died from a drug overdose.

Stanford College imposed a six-year suspension on fraternity TDX based on the demise of freshman Eitan Michael Weiner.

“In its 130-year historical past, Stanford College hasn’t ever enacted the sort of draconian measure in opposition to one among its student-led organizations,” legal professional Mark Hathaway stated. “They’ve basically violated the rights of Theta Delta Chi participants and alumni, and in doing so, have now not handiest suspended the fraternity from campus with out reason, however they’ve additionally arbitrarily and unjustly tarnished the popularity of the group.”

Arranged as #SaveStanfordTDX, the alumni crew contends that Stanford suspended TDX in an try to shift blame for Weiner’s demise clear of the college.

The nineteen-year-old pupil overdosed from fentanyl-laced Percocet on Jan. 15, 2020 within the fraternity space and survived. Two days later, Weiner overdosed once more with counterfeit Percocet drugs within the fraternity’s rest room. His 2nd overdose used to be deadly.

Eitan Weiner
Eitan Weiner smiles together with his sister. (Picture courtesy the Weiner circle of relatives)

No legal fees have been filed in opposition to any individual related to TDX, consistent with the alumni’s lawsuit.

Weiner’s buddy, Matthew Wood worker, pleaded no contest for his function in promoting medication to 4 TDX participants, together with Weiner.

Previous this yr, Weiner’s oldsters filed a wrongful demise civil lawsuit in opposition to Stanford College and the fraternity.

There used to be blood on the toilet stall indicating that he hit his head and collapsed. His frame used to be now not discovered till a janitor went within the fraternity’s rest room, consistent with the wrongful demise lawsuit.

“Even though Eitan’s frame lay simply few ft away, now not one among his roommates, let on my own any individual else on this busy space, sounded an alarm,” the wrongful demise lawsuit states.

The Weiner circle of relatives’s lawsuit blasted the distinguished non-public faculty for allegedly having a “main drug drawback on campus.”

“If Stanford had got rid of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity from campus within the face of constant violations of the college’s insurance policies quicker, as an alternative of pandering to donors and different events, Eitan would nonetheless be alive,” the wrongful demise lawsuit states.

Weiner used to be a part of a quintessential Stanford College circle of relatives. His oldsters are each professors who paintings at Stanford, and his sister graduated from the college in 2019.

TDX alumni say the fraternity didn’t deserve a six-year ban from campus and the sanctions reveal a “gross abuse of administrator authority.”

Hathaway stated, “Stanford directors have taken an an increasing number of interventionist function within the lives of scholars and feature used this tragic demise within the Stanford group as an excuse to take a look at to smash any other conventional Stanford group whom they ideologically oppose.”