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Mom of Tucker Hipps weighs in on anti-hazing bill gaining national support

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WASHINGTON (FOX Carolina) -

A new anti-hazing bill is gaining support in Congress. 

The "REACH" Act, which stands for Report and Educate About Hazing, was introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in June.

"Each year, college students across the country are subjected to dangerous incidents of hazing," Meehan said.

The bill would require public and private colleges across the country to report hazing violations in the annual campus crime report. 

"Hazing is a dangerous problem on campuses around the country that will only be solved if we become more proactive," said Fudge.

In South Carolina, Cindy Hipps helped get a similar bill passed into law - the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act went into effect last year.

"We want Tucker's name, not to be remembered as that kid who died at Clemson," said Hipps.

Hipps' son, Tucker, died during a pledge run with his Clemson fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon in September 2014. No arrests have been made, but Tucker's family believes he was a victim of hazing.

"A kid died and a kid didn't have to die," Cindy Hipps said. "Unfortunately, that kid was my son."

The Tucker Hipps Transparency Act makes universities and their organizations more accountable for violations, including alcohol, drugs, physical assault, sexual assault and hazing.

Cindy Hipps said she and her husband have only asked for two things since losing Tucker: truth and change.

"We won't stop until we have truth and change," she said.

Hipps believes this new bill could be a step in the right direction.

"We want to know that this doesn't happen to anyone else," said Hipps.

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