Four years after Clemson University student Tucker hipps died in an apparent hazing incident, South Carolina Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would increase the penalties for hazing.
Wednesday, Hipps’ parents joined lawmakers on the courthouse steps in Pickens.
Tucker Hipps’ died on September 22, 2014 after going on a run with about 30 members of the fraternity. It is still an open case and no criminal charges have ever been filed. But even if charges had been filed, the Hipps’ say it would have been a slap on the wrist.
The bill, unveiled in Pickens Wednesday morning, will be pre-filed before the next Legislative session, would raise the penalties for college hazing from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Cindy Hipps, Tucker’s mom, says it’s a bill for every parent. “Every parent that sends a child to college should support this legislation because it is going to make change in South Carolina, and that’s what we care about. We care about other students in South Carolina because we don’t want another parent to be a statistic like Tucker is.”
The Hipps’ insist hazing caused his death, but again, no one has been criminally charged.