After the tragic deaths of their sons, 4 households have come collectively to type an anti-hazing coalition that they are saying will combat to cease Greek life deaths on school campuses. They usually’ve acquired an attention-grabbing ally of their combat — the sororities and fraternities themselves.
The group will deal with pursuing and strengthening state hazing legal guidelines and considerably increasing training and coaching for highschool and college-aged college students, it stated in a press launch asserting its formation.
Tim Piazza, a sophomore from Lebanon, died after consuming a harmful quantity of alcohol at a Penn State fraternity occasion final yr. Piazza suffered a collection of falls that left him with a fractured cranium and extreme belly accidents on the Beta Theta Pi fraternity occasion.
Piazza’s mother and father are a part of the coalition, alongside with three different households of scholars killed in hazing incidents — Max Gruver (a Georgia teen who died in 2017 after an obvious hazing incident at LSU), Marquise Braham (a New Yorker who dedicated suicide in 2014 in what his household says was linked to hazing at Penn State) and Harrison Kowiak (a Florida teen who died whereas pledging a fraternity at a North Carolina school in 2008).
The opposite companions within the coalition embrace the North American Interfraternity Convention (NIC) and the Nationwide Panhellenic Convention (NPC), which collectively symbolize about 100 fraternities and sororities nationwide.
“Whereas we could look like unusual bedfellows, all of us need the identical thing–to finish hazing, so different mother and father do not should expertise what we’ve,” stated Jim Piazza, Tim’s father.
“The easiest way to encourage change in school college students is to the touch their hearts,” Judson Horras, president and CEO of the North American Interfraternity Convention, stated.
“In working with these households, we’ve seen how deeply their private tales resonate, and I’ve witnessed first-hand the highly effective affect these mother and father have in serving to younger males.”
The NIC voted final week to ban drinks above 15 p.c alcohol by quantity from “any chapter facility” or occasion — except a licensed third get together sells it. College officers in New Jersey largely supported the ban, although they questioned how it could be enforced.
Monmouth College, a non-public school in West Lengthy Department, took issues into its personal palms, suspending its whole Greek life system indefinitely. Officers cited a collection of “critical conduct violations,” involving hazing, alcohol, drug use and lack of educational focus, in line with a letter obtained by NJ Advance Media.
The coalition of fogeys has already spoken to greater than 3,000 fraternity members at summer time management conferences and begun advocating for the REACH Act, which if handed, would require schools and universities to publicly report hazing incidents, in line with the press launch.