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In Memory of Timothy Piazza: Bateman/Kean Measure to Combat Hazing Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Senator Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing has passed the New Jersey Senate. (The Timothy J. Piazza Memorial Foundation)

Timothy Piazza of Readington, a 19-year-old Penn State University student, died in February 2017 during a fraternity hazing ritual.

“Hazing is a despicable crime disguised as a game against one’s peers, often resulting in physical or mental trauma, or worse,” said Bateman. “No student deserves to go through the ritual humiliation that Timothy Piazza experienced on the night that he died. With the enactment of this bill, hazing will no longer be tolerated in New Jersey’s high schools and colleges.”

“More than half of all students are hazed at some point during their college career,” said Kean. “We won’t allow this culture of humiliation and violence to continue in New Jersey. Our legislation sends a clear message: if you engage in hazing, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s anti-hazing bill advances

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Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s anti-hazing bill advances

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to increase penalties for hazing resulting in injury was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

Senator Kip Bateman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law increases penalties for hazing resulting in injury. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill today. (Pixabay)

“Timothy’s death was a horrible and preventable tragedy,” said Bateman (R-16). “No college student should have to endure the horrors Timothy suffered. With the support of the Legislature, we can enact this law and protect young people from this dangerous and cruel practice.”

Bateman’s bill, S-3150, would increase hazing to a crime of the fourth degree, and aggravated hazing to a crime of the third degree. Currently, the charge reaches aggravated hazing when the criminal act results in serious bodily injury to another person.

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Bateman Intros ‘Timothy J. Piazza Law’ to Combat Hazing

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Bill Named for NJ Teen Who Was Killed in Penn State Hazing

Following the tragic death of a local teen, Senator Kip Bateman has introduced the “Timothy J. Piazza Law,” to increase criminal penalties for hazing.

Following the tragic death of a local teen, Senator Kip Bateman has introduced the Timothy J. Piazza Law, to increase criminal penalties for hazing. (The Timothy J. Piazza Memorial Foundation)

Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State University student, died on Feb. 4, 2017 during a fraternity hazing ritual. Timothy’s death was captured by a video that showed Penn State University fraternity brothers ignoring Timothy’s unconscious condition.

Piazza, for whom S-3150 is named, was a native of Readington, a town within Senator Bateman’s 16th Legislative district.

“Every college student has the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear, and parents who send their child off to school should expect no less,” Bateman said. “Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer like the Piazzas. While I can never erase their pain, I appreciate their activism in the wake of extreme adversity. No student should undergo such a gruesome experience. I hope Tim’s tragic passing will evoke real change.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Bill Passes Senate

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Singleton/Kean/Bateman Bill Bars Students Convicted of Hazing from Receiving State Tuition Aid

The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, and Senators Troy Singleton and Kip Bateman that would ensure in-state college students who are convicted of hazing are not eligible for State tuition aid.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died in the past decade alone, according to reports. (Economist.com/Hank Nuwer)

“Our legislation sends a clear message: if you haze a classmate, the state will not fund your education. Students can choose to value their time on campus and treat others with respect, or find another way to pay for it,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “We won’t allow this culture of humiliation and violence to continue in New Jersey. Too many young lives have been lost already.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Would Ban Students Convicted of Hazing From Receiving State Tuition Aid

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New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

The bill, S-3039, was today advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died in the past decade alone, according to reports. (Economist.com/Hank Nuwer)

“Our children should never suffer the pain of being humiliated or forced to participate in dangerous activities like binge drinking, just so they can feel accepted by their classmates,” Sen. Tom Kean said. “The numbers do not lie. Half of all students are hazed at some point during their college career. Our legislation sends a clear message: if you engage in hazing, the state will no longer fund your education. Kids are at schools to learn, not to humiliate others for personal gratification.”

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Sen. Bateman Announces Decision Not to Seek Reelection

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After more than 38 years of dedicated public service, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) today announced that he will not seek reelection to the State Senate. Bateman will serve out the remainder of his term in Legislative District 16, which will conclude in January 2022.

After more than 38 years of dedicated public service, Sen. Christopher ‘Kip’ Bateman announced that he will not seek reelection to the State Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“After careful consideration and with the support of my family, I have made the difficult decision not to seek reelection to the State Senate. As a lifelong resident of Somerset County, it has been an honor to spend nearly 40 years serving the community I am proud to call home,” said Senator Bateman. “I can’t begin to express how much I will miss serving our constituents. However, our state is still coping with a pandemic and I am committed to using my remaining time in office to help the countless residents who are in desperate need of our support.”

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Senate Approves Bateman’s Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Measure

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein cracking down on hazing in colleges and schools has cleared the Senate. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman sponsors bipartisan that would crack down on hazing in colleges and schools and increase the penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury. (Pixabay)

The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

“Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer,” said Bateman (R-16). “When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear. Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less.”

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Bateman Anti-Hazing Bill Clears Budget Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein to crack down on hazing in colleges and schools was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation named the Timothy J. Piazza Law protecting college students from hazing by increasing the penalties was approved by the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear,” said Bateman (R-16). “Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less. Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer.”

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