An Upstate mother who has taken a stand against college hazing after her son, Tucker Hipps, died while attending Clemson University is now organizing a meeting with other parents who have suffered similar losses with a goal of banding together and eradicating hazing.
"Nothing is going to bring Tucker back. We still struggle everyday with the loss of Tucker, but at the same time, if something good can come out of his death it won't be in vain," said Hipps.
Cindy Hipps said that on February 23-24, parents from across the nation who have had a child die as a result of fraternity hazing will join the Hipps family in Greenville to discuss ways to “prevent any other families from suffering the pain and senseless loss of a child from hazing, as they have.”
Hipps said the event is only for parents who have lost a child and invited guests from some of the country’s leading anti-hazing organizations such as AHA! Movement, HazingPrevention.Org TM and NASPA.
“Now is the time for these strong families to come together and create needed change to the current state of affairs within universities, high schools, middle schools and the criminal justice system,” Hipps stated in a news release. “The intent of the meeting is to support one another, open dialogue, and formulate a plan to work closely with leaders in government and universities to help change the current culture on American campuses.”
The group will also discuss strategies to strengthen hazing laws at state and federal levels.
"I'm just really glad that we're finally getting people to listen," said Hipps, "I feel like people are starting to wake up and realize that this is really a problem and what we should do about it."
“I am certain this will be the beginning of powerful efforts that will be made on behalf of all students and parents in the future,” Hipps said in an e-mail. “TRUTH AND CHANGE has always been our mission since the tragic death of our son, Tucker Hipps. We continue that mission daily.
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