College fraternity hazing is not all in good fun.
It can be dangerous. Parents who have lost their children to a college hazing gone wrong are headed to Washington this week to ask lawmakers to pass anti-hazing legislation.
Among them are the parents of Tim Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore who died two years ago after a hazing incident at his fraternity.
Tim’s father, Jim Piazza, wants a federal law to make hazing illegal and force colleges and universities to report hazing incidents.
“It’s unbelievable to have your child ripped away from your life so cruelly and unnecessarily,” said Jim.
It’s been two years since Jim and Evelyn Piazza’s 19-year-old son, Timothy died from a hazing incident at his Penn State University Fraternity House.
It happened to Richard Braham’s son, Marquis.
“He went to the roof of a hotel and he jumped to his death,” said Richard. “That was two days before he was due to go back to Penn State and resume the hazing.”
The tragic deaths of their children, because of hazing is why a group of parents are on Capitol Hill this week.
They want federal legislation that would require colleges and universities to enforce anti-hazing policies and report hazing to authorities and the public.
The North American Interfraternity Conference says hazing is wrong and they support states like Pennsylvania that have made hazing a criminal offense.
The parents are asking lawmakers to pass two pieces of legislation, one that has been stalled in Congress since last year.