Disturbing New Details About Penn State Hazing That Killed Pledge And Had Elephant Walk
Disturbing new details about the Penn State hazing death of a pledge have been revealed. Surveillance cameras at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house showed that pledge Timothy Piazza’s skin color changed from normal on the night of the hazing to gray when police were finally called the next morning.
The Beta Theta Pi fraternity house had eight or nine cameras, one in nearly every room. The cameras at the frat house recorded in full color and full broadcast quality. The cameras are so state-of-the-art that they showed Piazza change colors over the course of 12 hours as a result from his injuries suffered from his drunken fall down a flight of stairs. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said Piazza’s skin had turned gray and was especially noticeable in the final 40 minutes before the 911 call.
On the morning of February 4, the 19-year-old Beta Theta Pi pledge was pronounced dead at the hospital. According to the forensic pathologist, Piazza’s death “was the direct result of traumatic brain injuries.”
Piazza, a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, was participating in hazing on the night of February 2.
Text messages between two Beta Theta Pi members suggest that part of the hazing included the elephant walk, which is a hazing ritual where pledges line up, hold the penis of the person in front of or behind them, and walk around.
A text message from Beta Theta Pi president Brendan Young to Maddie Miller was revealed two months before the death of Piazza.
Miller told Young that he should “take it out on the pledges,” to which he replied, “Whip the dick out?”
Miller responded, “If ever there was a time for an elephant walk it would be rn.”
Young replied that it was his “least favorite part of pledging.”
The next day, Young texted Miller, “I’m burnt out from hazing.”