Former Penn State student blames school for hazing death

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Posted: May 12, 2017 12:44 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Penn State student who sued the school over hazing says he wept when he heard news of a fraternity pledge's death, and says the school is to blame.

James Vivenzio tells philly.com (http://bit.ly/2r90nv6) the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza was "completely preventable."

The 23-year-old Virginia native says he thinks the university should do more to change its Greek culture.

Piazza died after drinking and suffering a critical brain injury during a pledging ritual at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in February. Eighteen fraternity members have been charged.

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Vivenzio's 2015 lawsuit claimed Penn State ignored his report of hazing. Penn State has disputed Vivenzio's account.

A judge has dismissed all but one claim in the suit.

A university spokeswoman says the school is hopeful that claim also will be dismissed.

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Information from: Philly.com, http://www.philly.com/