Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Penn State head calls student's death sickening

Penn State head calls student's death sickening

The university, having conducted its own investigation, permanently banned Beta Theta Pi earlier this spring, citing evidence of forced drinking, hazing and other illegal activity.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced the results of the grand jury investigation this morning, three months after the February 4 death of Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore, according to The Patriot-News.

After that ritual, investigators said Piazza was injured when he fell down a flight of stairs, but the DA said that was only the first fall.

Help for Piazza apparently wasn't summoned until about 12 hours after he was injured during events surrounding a pledge acceptance ceremony. The pledges were pressured to run a "gauntlet" of drinking stations that required them to chug vodka, shotgun beers and drink wine.

"This is the result of a feeling of entitlement, flagrant disobedience of the law, and disregard of morale values, that was then exacerbated by egregious acts of self-preservation".

Charges against the 18 fraternity members range from involuntary manslaughter to furnishing alcohol to minors and evidence tampering.

The Beta Theta Pi House at Penn State.

In addition, ten other student members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity face lesser charges including hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

"The grand jury, Parks Miller said, has instructed her office to prepare a report and recommendations to go to the state legislature, Penn State and other entities on how to avoid such tragedy in the future". This includes fraternity president Brendan Young.

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But one frat member told the grand jury that a slush fund was created to purchase alcohol, with members kicking in $250 so they could drink alcohol at fraternity social events. Those members also face a host of other charges including aggravated assault and simple assault.

A brother calls 911 around 10:48 a.m., but doesn't mention the fall to a dispatcher, prosecutors say.

Video shows fraternity brothers carrying a limp Piazza up the stairs with a bruise that had bloomed and was visible on video.

A child who just wanted to come to college here, who put his faith in Penn State, " Centre County district attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. When paramedics arrived, Piazza was unconscious on a couch on the main floor. Police said he fell around 11 p.m., but first responders were not called until nearly 12 hours later.

Miller said doctors estimate Piazza had a blood-alcohol content of almost 0.40 percent; the legal limit for drivers, for comparison, is 0.08 percent.

Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore, was found dead on February 3 at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

His parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, stood by as the charges were announced, according to an Associated Press report from the news conference Friday. He was discovered in the basement at about 10 a.m. He also fell onto a stone floor before being found in the basement hours later, it said.

"In honor of our son, we are committed to doing everything that we can to ensure that no other parents will have to go through the pain and grief we are now experiencing", Jim Piazza said. According to Erickson's testimony, Piazza was "breathing heavy", had "blood on his face", felt "cold to the touch" and appeared "pale" with his eyes half-opened.

For this reason, we have announced the imposition of a number of aggressive measures and made clear recognition by the university [what] is at stake for those Greek-letter organizations that do not abide by the rules. Empathy and compassion are vital to who we are as Penn Staters, citizens and members of society.

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