Eighteen students at Penn State University are facing charges in the February death of a 19-year-old student who was killed during ‘pledge night.’
Timothy Piazza was from Lebanon, N.J. and was a sophomore engineering student at Penn State. During the evening Mr. Piazza became drunk and was found dead the next morning.
Eight of the students were charged with involuntary manslaughter while the others are facing lesser charges.
The New York Times described the reaction of the university.
The Feb. 4 death of Timothy Piazza, an engineering student from Lebanon, N.J., rocked the Penn State campus. The university’s president, Eric Barron, barred the fraternity from the university and imposed strict new regulations on Greek life, including a prohibition on liquor, kegs and all-day parties.
“The details in these findings are heart-wrenching and incomprehensible,” Mr. Barron said in a statement Friday, adding that “no pain we feel can begin to compare to the devastating heartbreak that Timothy’s family and friends are experiencing.”
The charges against the Penn State students come as prosecutors around the country are becoming more aggressive in filing charges against fraternity members who engage in hazing.