KU Student Sues Sig Ep After Getting Drunk And Having His Head Rammed Into Concrete

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Language in the article from The Kansas City Star implies the student is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, although I can’t say for certain that he is. Regardless of his relationship with the chapter, it’s safe to say the two sides will be parting ways after this mess is sorted out.

Allegedly, KU student Andrew Charles Johnson, 20, got a little too drunk at a Sig Ep party in 2011 — so drunk, in fact, that someone decided to interrupt his slumber, put him in a headlock, and ram his head into a concrete wall WWE-style.

Turns out the scuffle was a pretty serious one, though, causing a plethora of long term effects like the loss of his sense of smell and other cognitive deficiencies. Johnson is now targeting the fraternity, claiming they served him alcohol as a minor, leading to the concrete wall incident.

Johnson claims he and other other underage fraternity members were provided unlimited access to alcohol and encouraged to drink during a 2011 party. According to Johnson, later that night another student rammed Johnson’s head into a concrete wall, causing a “massive closed head injury.”

That sounds like every party I ever attended in college, minus the wall and head trauma part.

The fact that he is filing a lawsuit against the fraternity for serving him instead of the guy who violently and egregiously assaulted him (unless this was left out of the report) is a little odd to say the least.

It sounds to me like ole Andrew Chuck got too drunk and pissed off the wrong hombre. I’m no lawyer, but that hombre sounds like the responsible party in this case.

[via The Kansas City Star]

Image via KU Sig Ep

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    J Parks

    Turns out the scuffle was a pretty serious one, though, causing a plethora of long term effects like the loss of his sense of smell and other cognitive deficiencies.

    So, what you’re sayin’ is that he’s no longer a Balanced Man?

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      Tuco1855

      He should hold himself accountable for getting his head rammed into a cement wall? No. Depending on how accurately he described his long term negative effects, he has a respectable case. His problem is that he went after the house instead of the individual which is really fucking shitty. That’s what the problem is.

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      BrosephGordonLevitt

      Yea, I’m pretty sure he’s trying to say that if he were not encouraged to drink, he wouldn’t have been hammered, leading to his head being smashed. That seems to be the “logic” he’s using so he can sue the Fraternity and not the person who actually assaulted him. Which is absurd and an obvious lack of personal accountability.

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      inhocFaF

      Personal Responsibility. Leaving out most of the details, I got real hammered at a bar last year on break, tripped on a stereo wire and fell flat on my face. Not gonna lie, my reaction time was something to be desired, so I fell flat on my nose and a shard of glass. Broke/slashed my nose and lip, 12 stitches later medical bills come up. Do I sue the bar for serving me alcohol (a bar serving alcohol, weird) to the point where I was in a drunken stupor? Nah, you sack up and learn to not do it again, for at least a few days.

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      G_G_G_GEED_UNIT

      Retarded comparison: You “tripped over a stereo wire,” the bartender didn’t randomly smash your head into a wall and cause permanent damage to your brain.

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      inhocFaF

      I hold myself to high expectations.

      Geed Unit: Not a retarded comparison, liability is liability. College bars/stadiums serve plastic bottles for a reason. I fell on a broken beer bottle. They also shouldn’t have put a stereo wire going across the middle of the dance floor. What happens in the bar is an assumed risk of the bar, they have insurance for that reason. I wasn’t comparing the act of tripping to the act of assault, but the fact that the liability fell on the establishment.

      I was also saying personal responsibility. The kid is complaining about being encouraged to drink. I’m sure they had to pull his teeth to drink that beer.

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    PhiPsiPhrat

    He’s suing the fraternity because they have money, whereas a random college student probably doesn’t have much to do after to cover the medical bills.

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    jmt

    There is nothing really that odd about him going after the fraternity. When you file a lawsuit, you want to go after whichever party has money. For example, a New York Giants fan got into a fight at a game, and when he had long term injuries, he sued the Giants and their stadium for negligence, because that is who had the money.

    My fraternity had a similar thing happen: basically, at a social a freshman got way too hammered and fell downstairs at the bar and cracked his head open. He fell hard enough that he actually went into a coma. Once his parents found out, they need to find some way to cover the extensive medical costs. Of course, they want to sue both the fraternity and the bar, for providing alcohol to their minor son. Even at the time, they understood that it was their son’s fault, but when you are backed up against a wall with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs, you would do anything for your child.

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      frAUtstar

      I mean, if you don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around to cover your dumbass kid’s medical expenses then your kid clearly doesn’t deserve to call himself a fraternity man.

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      jmt

      ^”The fact that he is filing a lawsuit against the fraternity for serving him instead of the guy who violently and egregiously assaulted him (unless this was left out of the report) is a little odd to say the least.”

      Care to read that out loud for me?

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      jmt

      ^^^And you, sir, obviously do not understand how insurance works if you think this would be that cut and dry. You would need much more financial assistance than you think.

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