Parents Of Deceased Penn State Pledge Outraged Over Insensitivity Shown In Court

The parents of Timothy Piazza have been living through an unbelievable nightmare. Back in February, Jim and Evelyn Piazza would find out that things had gone horribly wrong at a fraternity party their son had attended. Two days later, he was dead. Preliminary hearings are being held to determine if the 18 fraternity brothers who are facing charges in relation to his death will head to trial.

Piazza was a sophomore student at Penn State University who was pledging the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He engaged in a round of binge directing as part of a pledge ritual, and his blood alcohol level rose to dangerous levels. Piazza was so smashed that he ended up falling down the basement stairs head first. Rather than getting him some medical attention, the fraternity brothers allegedly carried him back upstairs to abuse him some more.

The following morning, help would finally be sought, but it was too late. Piazza was essentially brain dead, and he would officially die two days later. Charges were brought against the students and the fraternity. As the Daily Mail shares, the hearing has included some disturbing video of Piazza’s final hours, as well as a graphic description of the callous treatment he received at the hands of the fraternity members.

Jim and Evelyn have been visibly upset throughout the proceedings. They are even more taken aback by the behavior of those that have been accused in their son’s death.

“Following the hearing, most, but not all, of the fraternity brothers and their families got together, laughed, patted each other on the back and hugged as if this was just another fraternity get-together,” Jim said. “We are highly offended by the insensitivity displayed given the severity of the crimes committed and ultimate outcome.”

“I don't see anyone acting sad," noted Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. "This is about Tim Piazza. This is about a dead boy.”

Jim also revealed that the defendants and their attorneys had the audacity to complain that the amount of time they were being sequestered amounted to 'cruel and unusual punishment.'

“Of course, this comes right after all of them watching video for five hours of what real cruel and inhumane punishment was when the fraternity brothers essentially murdered our son, tortured him, held him captive and left him for dead over a 12-hour period of time,” Jim said. “Thankfully, the judge quickly brought them in order.”

After Piazza’s initial fall, one other fraternity pledge attempted to get the fraternity brothers to call for help, as Piazza was clearly in need of medical attention. His concerns were summarily dismissed, and the fraternity brothers would proceed to act in an unconscionable manner towards Piazza. Things may have turned out differently if he had received prompt medical attention.

The case has sparked a ton of outrage throughout the college community, and the Piazza family continues to speak out in search of justice for their son’s death.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: MailOnline

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