National Fraternity Sued by Palatine Native's Family Makes Statement

Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, Inc. has issued a statement after the family of David Bogenberger, 19, of Palatine decided to name them in a lawsuit, according to the Daily Herald.

The international fraternity named in the lawsuit brought by the family of Palatine native David Bogenberger, who died resulting from alcohol-related hazing, has issued a statement, according to the Daily Herald. 

Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, Inc. expressed condolences to Bogenberger's family, according to the Daily Herald, and added that the local NIU fraternity has been suspended due to not meeting standards regarding alcohol and hazing

Bogenberger was just 19-years-old at the time of his death, and was a 2012 Palatine High School graduate.  

on November 2. 

During his initiation into the fraternity, Bogenberger had consumed more than five times the legal limit of alchol for driving. His death was ruled accidental.

DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said Bogenberger had an enlarged heart and the alcohol caused an arrhythmia, which led to his death. 

The lawsuit was filed on February 14. 

Palman February 23, 2013 at 02:00 PM
It is so sad a life, any life, has been taken. But are we that naive to think there is no hazing when joining a fraternity (or sorority), and, do you actually think there is no drinking? What kind of vacuum do you live in to think that doesn't happen? If you want to be a helicopter parent, live with your student and don't have them leave home to go to school.
Rick Edwards February 24, 2013 at 07:29 AM
The post by Palman was so appalling to the tragic loss of parents of this young man, David Bogenberger, that failing to offer a post for them was simply unacceptable. Anyone making the slightest effort at researching the easily accessible connections on the PALATINEPATCH Website would find David's parents are NOT out "to get" anyone at this fraternity. But David's parents ARE using this lawsuit to try to instill just important it is for those individuals at these fraternities to be far, far aware of their responsibilities in these fraternity initiation processes. Mocking David's parents as being "helicoptor" parents for rightly expecting fraternities to exercise DUE DILIGENCE and LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY is nothing but a pure Ad Hominem attack at David's parents. Even BARS are held legally responsible for serving alcohol to clearly intoxicated patrons. Fraternities have NO LESS a responsibility to fraternity pledges


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