Parents of Tim Piazza deliver emotional speech at IUP

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The parents of Timothy Piazza, the Penn State student that died after a hazing ritual a little more than 2 years ago, spoke out at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Monday night. They challenged the audience to do the right thing and stand up against hazing .

Fisher Hall on the campus of IUP was packed with students from the 12 fraternities and 11 sororities here. 
Noah Schwartz, the Interfraternity Council president invited the Piazzas after hearing them speak. And he believes in the power of their message. He believes it is getting students to be aware of the problem of hazing and inspiring them to stop it.

Jim and Evelyn Piazza have been touring the country to get new legislation against hazing passed. And to students, they are sharing some simple messages. Like “say no to hazing.”

Evelyn Piazza says the toughest part of these evenings also has the most impact. Telling the audience about the last moments of her sons life. She challenges these students to imagine what that feels like.

We have the entire speech available to watch on our website, 

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