Fraternity Hazing Is A “Cancer” At Penn State, A Grand Jury Report Says

The 10-month investigation, in the wake of a 19-year-old pledge’s death, also blamed the university’s “shocking apathy” toward the dangers of rampant hazing.

A grand jury report released Friday revealed the extent of the “depravity” in fraternities at Penn State and blamed the school for its “shocking apathy” toward the dangers of hazing and excessive alcohol consumption at Greek organizations.

The report was published by the Centre County district attorney after a 10-month investigation following the death of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore who died after a series of falls while consuming a “life-threatening amount of alcohol” at a Beta Theta Pi pledging event in February.

Penn State fraternity hazing “is not simply a single-borne illness infecting only one fraternity but a cancer that has spread across the Greek alphabet,” the report said.

It also found that Penn State officials displayed a “shocking apathy” to complaints of alcohol abuse by Beta Theta Pi brothers and that the university had failed to control the dangers created by its students.

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