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Piazza Family On CBS: ‘This Wasn’t Boys Being Boys, This Was Murder Of Our Son’

Timothy Piazza’s parents, brother, and girlfriend appeared on CBS’ “This Morning” today to discuss his death at Beta Theta Pi in February, the findings in the grand jury report, and the charges 18 members of the fraternity are facing in light of hazing and not calling for help, among other things.

“This wasn’t boys being boys — this was murder of our son,” Tim’s father, Jim, said. “They tortured him for 12 hours, they let him suffer for 12 hours. He died a slow and painful death at the hands of these ‘men of principle,’ as they call it.”

The Piazza’s said they have no solace in the fact that Beta will never return to Penn State’s campus, a stipulation Jim Piazza said the family told the university had to happen. “That’s not enough,” he said.

In his opinion, Mr. Piazza said Penn State needs to ban all alcohol provided to minors and crack down on any and all instances of hazing. Evelyn added that she believes all fraternities and sororities need an adult chaperone at all times. As for the student members of the fraternity charged — eight of whom are facing felonies — Jim said he’d be okay with maximum penalty.

“I have a lifetime of the absence of my son — I would be good with 20 years,” he said, shrugging.

While Jim and Evelyn said they had conversations with Tim about walking away when someone tries to get you to do something illegal, they said they believe the alcohol came “fast and furious” and he just got carried away.

According to CBS correspondent Juricka Duncan, the Piazza’s have yet to see the video that shows Piazza falling down the stairs twice and being neglected by Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers for hours after his initial fall. She also mentioned portions of that video may soon be released to the public as hearings for the 18 charged fraternity members begin in June.

The Piazzas continue to speak out about their son’s death, iterating time and again that this didn’t have to happen. Duncan revealed the family has received support from around the world from individuals who hope the Piazzas can be an “agent of change” and help students recognize the gravity of the situation.

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