September 26, 2012 2:28 pm
A Memphis man attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who suffered alcohol poisoning reportedly from a wine enema was in class Tuesday as his family looked into what happened at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house before he was hospitalized.
But Mark Broughton, the father of the student — Alexander P. Broughton, 20 — said the incident “is not as has been reported, and we want to get our side out. … From our standpoint, what has been reported is not what occurred.”
The elder Broughton did not elaborate on many details regarding the episode, saying the family is “in the middle of investigating it ourselves. We will have a statement.”
As for Alexander Broughton, a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, he was released from treatment Sunday afternoon.
“He’s in school. He’s in class,” Mark Broughton said by telephone Tuesday morning. “He was released Sunday afternoon. Cleared medically. He’s medically fine.”
According to reports from Knoxville, Broughton was brought to the University of Tennessee Medical Center emergency room about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by several young men. Broughton was unresponsive and tests showed he had a blood-alcohol level well over 0.40 percent — five times the 0.08 percent to be declared legally intoxicated if driving a vehicle. Those reports stated that Broughton had been at the Pi Kappa Alpha House and had ingested alcohol by a method known as butt-chugging, where the alcoholic beverage is given through an enema.
The fraternity was suspended administratively for 30 days by Pi Kappa Alpha International, pending a decision on whether the action will be permanent.
Mark Broughton said he has talked to Alexander continuously since the weekend, and there are ongoing meetings in Knoxville about the matter. He said the family is working with the fraternity “to get our side of the story” told.
Mark Broughton said he did not place blame on the fraternity.
“I teach my son to take responsibility for his own actions,” the elder Broughton said.•••
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