State representatives want to re-introduce a invoice that will have stricter punishments for hazing and bullying.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Ohio State Consultant Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) says his personal time spent in Greek life served him properly on the time and in later life. He says he made lasting friendships from his time in a fraternity.
Sheehy was shocked to be taught of the alleged hazing incident that occurred at BGSU on Thursday night time which left sophomore Stone Foltz clinging to life within the hospital.
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“Each time you hear a narrative about this, whether or not they’re an Ohio child or a child from Texas or New Jersey, it simply strikes at your coronary heart,” stated Rep. Sheehy.
Sheehy is without doubt one of the co-sponsors of Home Invoice 310, also called Collin’s regulation.
The invoice is known as after former Ohio College pupil, Collin Waint, who died in 2018 after a hazing incident.
The invoice, which was launched in 2019, was permitted within the Home however by no means made it previous the Senate as a consequence of lack of time.
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Sheehy says having a hazing incident occur in our yard makes it much more vital to get the invoice handed.
“You possibly can guess on Monday morning it may be re-introduced. It should first go to the legislative companies fee and will probably be launched this week, you’ll be able to guess within the Ohio Legislature once more,” stated Sheehy.
One other co-sponsor of the invoice is Ohio State Consultant Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg).
Rep. Ghanbari despatched a press release to WTOL11 which reads:
“My dedication is that we proceed the work from the final Normal Meeting to get a invoice despatched to the Governor’s desk to deal with these very critical incidents which affect our gifted youth and younger adults. My ideas and prayers are with the household, pals, and BGSU group.”
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Based on Rep. Sheehy, 44 states at the moment have guidelines in opposition to hazing, and 10 of them have legal guidelines that make it a felony.
If handed, Home Invoice 310 would imply stricter penalties for bullying and hazing.
Sheehy says in mild of this week’s occasions, he believes it may very well be made regulation this time.
“When it is launched once more subsequent week, I think it is going to be a invoice that may transfer shortly via each the Home and Senate. And hopefully, the Governor will pen his title to it,” stated Sheehy.
WTOL11 additionally heard from State Senator Theresa Gavarone:
“There was laws launched final yr that will have made some much-needed reforms to the hazing legal guidelines in Ohio. Sadly, that laws ran out of time, however I’m hopeful we are able to give you a bipartisan answer to stop the mindless tragedies that may come from hazing.”
When requested, Mayor of Bowling Inexperienced, Mike Aspacher advised WTOL 11 he can’t make any feedback presently as a result of it’s an energetic police investigation.
Aspacher did supply his ideas and prayers for the household, pals, and college students impacted by the incident.