Parents of college hazing victims gather in Greenville

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Parents from across the country who have had children die as a result of college hazing are in Greenville to talk about how to prevent any other families from going through that pain.

The gathering called “Parents United 2 Stop Hazing” (PUSH) will be Friday and Saturday.

It’s being hosted by Cindy Hipps, whose son Tucker died on a fraternity run at Clemson on Sept. 22, 2014.

His family believes hazing led to Tucker’s fatal fall from a bridge over Lake Hartwell.

“The most devastating thing that’s ever happened in my life and ever will happen in both Gary and my lives,” said Cindy Hipps.

The meeting will include guest speakers and university representatives. It will be closed to the public as they share their stories of loss.

“”Sober when he went to this other house about 9pm in a matter of an hour and a half he was on his way to dying, passing away,” said TJ Burch who’s son Nolan died after a hazing incident at West Virginia University.

“The hazing, what he was going through what he had gone through, the alcohol he was having to drink, the drugs they had to do and they had a fight club where the pledges had to beat each other up. He died that week,” said Rich Braham who’s son Marquise committed suicide after hazing at Penn State University.

The parents’ focus will include legislation like the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act, passed in South Carolina in 2016. The law requires colleges and universities to report fraternity and sorority violations publicly.

“I want to see the national fraternities and sororities abolish hazing there is no place for it hazing is not building a brotherhood, its a crime for a reason. If the national fraternities and universities abolish it and put strict rules in place and enforce them, we wouldn’t be here,” said Jim Piazza who’s son Tim died at Penn State in 2017.

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