A Mom’s Fight to End Hazing Takes Her to SC Statehouse

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Cindy Hipps stood in front of a House Subcommittee on Wednesday morning asking for truth and change, something she’s fought for since her son, Tucker died five years ago.

Tucker had just started his first semester at Clemson University and pledging Sig Ep fraternity when he died in September 2014.

His body was found under a bridge hours after he went missing during a pledge run with his fraternity.

Though his case is still open and hasn’t been determined by investigators to be hazing, Tucker’s family believes changing the law could save the next life.

Hipps said the current hazing law is vague and she’s fighting to create harsher punishments for people found guilty of hazing.

“It’s only a misdemeanor, so even if you do gross bodily harm or if someone dies during a hazing incident, it’s still a misdemeanor with a 30-day jail sentence and $500 fine.”

According to the proposed bill, an act of hazing resulting in serious impairment of a bodily function is considered a felony, carrying up to five years in prison and a $2500 fine, while an act of hazing resulting in death or great bodily injury carries a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison.

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