Here’s my statement if you choose to use it. I look forward to reading your post. –Lianne Kowiak, mother of Harrison Kowiak, late Theta Chi pledge
“I could not stomach reading the 236-page grand jury report in its entirety. Hazing is a systemic deep-rooted issue in America today. It is embedded in our culture especially in Greek life but certainly not limited to this area. Hazing is seen as a rite of passage and often there is a cover-up because the brother’s are sworn to secrecy not to discuss their activities around hazing. The universities have to step up and be more engaged and responsible for what their students are doing on “their watch”. Penn State has an opportunity NOW to set a precedence to how they deal with the tragic loss of Timothy Piazza. If they lead and do the right thing, other universities will follow”.
From Debbie Smith, activist with AHA! and mother of Matt Carrington