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Alabama university sues former frat member after ‘prank led to flooded house’

Alabama university sues former student for causing $400,000 in damage after he ‘flooded fraternity house while playing a prank’

  • Incident took place at Sigma Chi fraternity house at Samford University last year 
  • Federal lawsuit alleges two frat members caused $400,000 in damage 
  • John Brody Cantrell and a friend were in the attic of Sigma Chi frat house
  • They were there to play a prank on fellow frat members, it is alleged
  • The friend, Christopher Wilson, ‘stepped on pipe which flooded the home’ 
  • Cantrell is accused of breach of duty and negligence; Wilson wasn’t named 

A university in Alabama has sued a former student who they said participated in a prank that caused more than $400,000 in damage to a fraternity house where he lived.

The federal lawsuit filed this week by Samford University alleges John Brody Cantrell and his friend, Christopher Wilson, went to the attic of the Sigma Chi fraternity house to play a prank on other fraternity members in April 2019, AL.com reported.

While they were in the attic, the lawsuit said Wilson stepped on and damaged a pipe, causing it to be ruptured and flood the building. 

He was not named as a defendant.

A former member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama, is being sued by the university for causing $400,000  in damage to the fraternity home (above)

The Samford University campus is seen in the above file photo

The Samford University campus is seen in the above file photo

The lawsuit accuses Cantrell of breach of duty and negligence. 

The school said he ‘owed a duty of care to use and occupy’ the fraternity house to not harm the university’s property.

The school is requesting a jury trial in the case. 

Efforts to reach Cantrell by the newspaper were unsuccessful.

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