Encinitas Man Charged in Penn State Hazing Death


Why does this keep happening? A 19-year-old Penn State student is dead after a drunken hazing ritual. Timothy Piazza had so much to drink he fell down a flight of stairs -- causing a head injury and lacerating his spleen. Not one of his "brothers" called for help -- until 12 hours later. By then, he was blue, cold and barely breathing. The video shows the one brother who could have saved him, but didn't, presumably because of peer pressure.

One of those charged with involuntary manslaughter and other charges is Luke Visser, 19, of Encinitas. He admitted to running a beer pong station during the pledge night activities, where he said the pledges were required to drink. Visser was also identified as likely the first person to have noticed Piazza's fall down steps leading into the frat's basement party rooms.

I was never in a fraternity. It didn't appeal to me, but some of my friends were and they had a great experience. My question is -- if these were truly "brothers", why didn't anyone call for help, even anonymously. 

I understand they didn't want to get busted for underage drinking (and they were a dry fraternity), but now lives are ruined and one young man is dead. And for what? A night of drinking and debauchery. When will they learn?

You can read more about Luke Visser HERE. And the shocking details of Piazza's death HERE.

I suggest every parent and student read the link detailing Piazza's death. It will break your heart. It did mine.

Ted Garcia

Ted Garcia

Ted Garcia is co-host of San Diego's Morning News on News Radio KOGO AM 600 in San Diego. Read more


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