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Did the Penn State Fraternity Get Charged for Tim Piazza’s Death?

The death of Timothy Piazza in February left Penn State reeling and his family with many questions. During a fraternity initiation event for the school’s Beta Theta Pi chapter, pledges were made to drink large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time while completing a series of challenges. A short time into the night, Piazza showed signs of severe intoxication. He fell down a flight of stairs head first and suffered the first of a series of traumatic brain injuries that would eventually lead to his wrongful death. Despite his obvious injuries, the other men present did not call 911 for fear of consequences due to his intoxication. It took nearly 12 hours for the fraternity to call emergency services. Afterwards, fraternity brothers engaged in a cover-up, deleting communications relating to the alcohol present and Piazza’s final hours. One of the 10 fraternity members charged is a former…
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