Fraternity formally answers lawsuit chastising pledge process

By John Suayan | Nov 2, 2018

HOUSTON – The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity recently responded to a University of Houston student’s state district lawsuit alleging its pledge process caused him to suffer a spleen injury.

Harris County District Court records show that the 150-year-old Greek life organization submitted a motion to dismiss into Jared Anthony Munoz’s suit on Oct. 29.

As previously reported in The Southeast Texas Record, Munoz alleges that PKA did not give him proper medical attention nor allowed him to sit out from other activities after he was injured in an activity called the “glow stick game.”

The suit also claims that the fraternity retaliated against him through online means when he brought the purported hazing to the attention of the university’s police department.

In its 10-page motion, PKA “expressly denounces and prohibits hazing, and unequivocally denies that it in any away authorized, participated in or ratified any hazing incident, including the one alleged by the plaintiff.”

The motion asserts that the respondent “will vigorously defend in this court (Munoz’s) hazing and related tort liability claims based on traditional principals of responsibility, but that is for a later day.”

Randal G. Cashiola of the Cashiola Law Firm in Beaumont is representing the fraternity.

Harris County 295th District Court Case No. 2018-65584

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