The mother of Alasdair Russell — a former USC student who killed himself after suffering head injuries while pledging — is suing the fraternity responsible.
Back in October 2016, Russell attended a party at USC’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, where he was pledging. According to a lawsuit — which was first obtained by TMZ — active fraternity members forced him to drink in excess “to the point of passing out”, which caused him to fall, hit his head, and lose consciousness.
The lawsuit continues to state that after Russell passed out, fraternity members “discouraged him from getting medical attention out of fear it would expose Phi Kappa Psi’s conduct, including but not limited to supplying alcohol to minors and engaging in hazing activities.”
Alasdair’s mother claims that after he son complained of concussion-like symptoms, fraternity brothers gave him “Adderall and cocaine.”
Finally, Russell’s mom claims that as a result of the head injury he sustained while pledging, Alasdair’s personality changed, he dropped out of school, and he was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility. Then, on April 1, 2017, he took his own life in Miami, Florida, while wearing a tuxedo.
Alasdair attended an October 2016 party at the Phi Kappa Psi frat house, where he was trying to become a member. According to a lawsuit, frat members forced him to drink in excess “to the point of passing out” — and that’s exactly what happened when he fell off a platform, smashed his head and lost consciousness.
In the suit, Alasdair’s mother says after he passed out, frat brothers discouraged him from getting medical attention out of fear it would “expose PKP Local’s conduct, including but not limited to supplying alcohol to minors and engaging in hazing activities.”
The next day, Alasdair complained of concussion-like symptoms — head pain, vomiting, blurry vision and wooziness. His mother claims PKP bros gave him Adderall and cocaine to keep him in the game … as far as pledge duties and partying.
According to the suit — obtained by TMZ — over the next few months, his personality changed, he dropped out of school in January 2017, and he ended being involuntarily committed … presumably to a psychiatric facility. Then, on April 1, he took his own life on a beach in Florida … while wearing a tuxedo.
Now, the Russell family is suing the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity for negligence.