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Parents of Penn State hazing victim settle for a brotherhood

PHILADELPHIA – The parents of a Penn State University student who died after a night of hazing and drinking in a fraternity have settled with the fraternity of the national organization.

The lawyer of the family of Timothy Piazza, Thomas Kline, said Tuesday his clients had reached a settlement with Beta Theta Pi for an undisclosed amount. Beta Theta Pi has also agreed to a 17-point program, which makes the local departments safer, and punishes groups for hazing.

Kline, says the reforms will “help establish a basis for the new standard” of the brotherhood of life.

Beta Theta Pi national leaders say that the organization is focused on the establishment of “accountability measures.”

Nineteen-year-old Timothy Piazza, New Jersey, died in 2017 from serious head and abdominal injuries. A judge dismissed the most serious complaints filed in Piazza’s death.

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