Former Student Speaks out About Hazing at Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK -- The man who blew the whistle on a Penn State fraternity involved in a sexual misconduct scandal toured his old fraternity today. To recount details of where he says he went through a brutal hazing. He is suing Penn State for not stepping in after he complained about physical and psychological abuse.

"Some have referred to this as a house of horrors. After seeing it, it really strikes you that this was a house of terror," said attorney, Aaron Freiwald.

For the first time since James Vivenzio filed charges against Penn State University, the former student came back to the former Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house in State College. This time he had his attorney, family and a camera crew to document his trip.

"This is very emotionally overwhelming. I didn't know what to expect," said James Vivenzio.

"We had to hurry up and document the building this week before the new tenants moved in. There is a new fraternity moving in so this had to happen today,” said Freiwald.

The former student from Virginia claims complaints to the university about hazing, sexual assault and abuse at the frat house were ignored. He's suing the school for not taking action.

"Trying to bring attention to what is going on was so that this wouldn't happen to anybody else and it was happening to other people on a nightly basis in this building."

Vivenzio claims there were parties six out of seven nights a week at the house. He was forced to clean vomit, drink heated cat food and urine, and was beaten by a fraternity member.

"Hearing the stories that James shared and actually seeing the actual place is very upsetting,” said Robin Vivenzio.

Other fraternity members on campus tell us this case painting the wrong picture of what Greek life is all about here at Penn State.

"Give us a chance. We are here for the community. We help out. It's not just party, party, party,” said student William Lobosco.

"Maybe it’s time to start getting these bad people out of good fraternities. Maybe make fraternities into what they are supposed to be, you know helping the community," said Vivenzio.

10 comments

  • Gary Teekay

    For a really good explanation of what a hazed pledge goes through and why they are reluctant to drop out go to Youtube and search “Acacia scandal, full interview.” To see how a jury viewed the subject Google “Former FMU Student Awarded 1.6 M in hazing suit.

  • Gee whiz

    I’m not condoning hazing – but if its repeated why stay there? Leave, you have that freedom, you weren’t under arrest.

  • I go to college to stick things in your doopa

    oh can’t wait till they haze a mentally unstable, with access to guns.

  • Thank you sir, may I have another???

    I want money now…
    Drop and give me 50 push ups you vomit scrubbing maggot! Don’t want to? You can always quit…
    Blowing the whistle on sexual misconduct, well done… Crying over a little warm cat food and doing shots of urine, suck it up pledge!!!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Get a life you sue happy spoiled little brat.

    Di you ever think for a minute that they made you do that stuff because you were a loser and refused to stand up for yourself??

    Did you ever think about leaving the fraternity?

    You deserve nothing!

    • Gary Teekay

      Typical “blame the victim” mentality. Schools generally don’t do enough to stop hazing. Attitudes like those of the writer are common among alumni and make it even harder to stop it. Criminal sanctions (hazing is a criminal act in 44 states) don’t work because courts don’t want to hang a criminal conviction on kids for being “boys being boys.” Meanwhile on average 2 boys die every year in frat hazing incidents. The only way to stop it is to sue the hell out of everybody who is involved and who fails to do what is necessary to stop it. It is immaterial whether this kid deserves a penny; he s performing an important public service.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        Ok, captain wisdom, a public service you say? What is the proper dollar amount to sue for? And who decides? What if someone disagrees?

      • Gary Teekay

        A jury of citizens decides. Last year a jury awarded $1.6 million to a hazed pledge over the defendant’s argument that the plaintiff could have waled away at any time Under most state anti-hazing laws the consent of the victim is no defense. Haze at your peril.

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