Penn State frat brother says others dismissed pleas to call 911


Penn State frat brother says others dismissed pleas to call 911

Penn State Infraternity Council released a statement in response to 18 former members of Beta Theta Pi being charged in relation to the death of Timothy Piazza.

Piazza, from Lebanon, N.J., was intoxicated at the February 2 pledge party when he fell multiple times and was knocked unconscious, the district attorney says. Davis said he thought he should be at a hospital instead, and told his new frat brothers so.

"For anyone looking across the national landscape, you realize that we have a national problem that is associated with excessive drinking", Barron said. "You don't know what you're talking about", Davis recounted in an interview on Good Morning America that aired in the United States on Friday. He died the following day. "I don't know. It's a lot to process", said Joe Rakiewicz, a Penn State senior. He could have a concussion.

"It seemed like they just wanted to make sure that they themselves were safe, rather than Tim truly being safe", he said.

The grand jury's investigation used surveillance footage from the fraternity house and text messages between the brothers to piece together the long night of drunken partying and negligence that led to Piazza's death.

The grand jury, aided by security camera footage, said the fraternity was heavily stocked with booze for the February 2 ceremony at which Piazza, a sophomore engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, and 13 others accepted pledge bids. It should go without saying that hazing and risky drinking are not permitted by the University, and the University takes appropriate action to educate its students about these issues and to hold them accountable whenever it learns of such wrongdoing. The allegations range from involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault to charges stemming from underage drinking and trying to cover up evidence.

The eight were among 18 fraternity members who were charged in connection with the case.

Authorities say despite many members having cell phones, more than 12 hours would pass before anyone called 911.

During those hours, things only got worse.

One member said during an interview with Scicchitano that after consuming an "excessive amount of alcohol" at one event, he fell and hit his head causing profuse bleeding.

The frat house where the hazing too place - and where Timothy Piazza would die.

The grand jury report claimed that a fraternity brother suggested they get him medical attention, but he got shoved into a wall. This time, head-first into an iron railing and landed on a stone floor. Fraternity brothers discovered him shortly after 10 a.m. The next morning, he fell down the stairs again. Flanked by Piazza's parents and blown-up portrait of the sophomore engineering major, she accused fraternity members of putting Piazza through a unsafe booze-fueled hazing ritual and failing to call for help once he had injured himself. They say the next morning he fell down the same steps a second time and was unconscious when help was finally summoned.

Eighteen Pennsylvania State University students and their fraternity were charged Friday in one of the largest hazing prosecutions in the nation's history, sending a chill through the campus in nearby State College as it was about to begin commencement festivities.

"The details alleged in these findings are heart-wrenching and incomprehensible", Barrow wrote.