Eight students at Bowling Green State University in Ohio are facing charges in the hazing death of another student. Mola Lenghi takes a look at the problem plaguing campuses.
NORAH O'DONNELL: In Ohio tonight, eight young men are facing criminal charges in the death of a 20-year-old student at Bowling Green State University. Officials say it was the result of a booze fueled fraternity hazing party, a problem that has plagued colleges for decades. We get more now from CBS's Mola Lenghi.
MOLA LENGHI: Tonight prosecutors announced the indictment of eight current and former Bowling Green State University students for a hazing ritual that went too far.
PAUL DOBSON: The result of this event was catastrophic.
MOLA LENGHI: The young men were charged in the death of 20-year-old sophomore, Stone Fultz. The charges include involuntary manslaughter, hazing, and failure to comply with underage alcohol laws.
PAUL DOBSON: The autopsy indicated that stone died from fatal alcohol intoxication during a hazing event, with a blood alcohol content of 0.35, over 4 times the legal limit.
MOLA LENGHI: It happened last month at a hazing ritual held by members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where Fultz consumed the equivalent of nearly 17 shots of alcohol.
- You see his chest rising up and down?
- No, not right now.
- OK, he's blue?
- OK then, there's a good chance he's not breathing.
MOLA LENGHI: After three days in the hospital, Fultz was taken off life support. Sherry Fultz with her son on the night of the party.
- And he had said to me, yeah, we have a drinking ritual that we have to go to, and I'm not looking forward to it.
MOLA LENGHI: What does peace and justice look like?
- To us it's to hold those accountable for what has happened.
MOLA LENGHI: Well, the maximum penalty one of the suspects faces is up to 11 years in prison. Meanwhile the prosecutor's office here says they may charge even more people in Stone's death. The fraternity has been permanently banned from the campus. Norah.
NORAH O'DONNELL: All right, Mola Lenghi, thank you.