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Alabama college sues ex-frat member after ‘prank led to flooded house’



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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 large brick building with grass in front of a house: 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)


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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)



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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

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Samford University sues former student over $400,000 fraternity prank

Samford University is suing a former student after hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was done during a fraternity prank gone awry.

According to the federal lawsuit filed this week in the Northern District of Alabama, John Brody Cantrell was a member of the Sigma Chi and lived at the fraternity house on Neal Road. On April 1, 2019, Cantrell and his friend Christopher Wilson went into the attic to jointly play a prank on fellow fraternity members.

While the two were in the attic, the suit reads, Wilson stepped on, and damaged, the wet-type fire suppression system pipe protecting the building. The sprinkler pipe within the attic ruptured and water flooded the building.

The flood caused more than $400,000 in damage to the fraternity house. Cantrell, according to the suit, “owed a duty of care to use and occupy the dorm room and fraternity house so as

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