BHS grad charged in connection with Penn State frat pledge death

Lars Kenyon is a freshman at Penn State


Recent Barrington High School graduate Lars Kenyon is one of 18 Penn State students who are facing charges following the death of a pledge at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Officials say Kenyon and a host of other Beta Theta Pi brothers held a fraternity pledge night, during which 19-year-old Timothy Piazza became very intoxicated, suffered numerous falls and later died from his injuries. Officials also said that brothers at the Beta Theta Pi house did not call for medical help for Piazza until the morning after.

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Eight members of the fraternity are facing manslaughter charges following a months-long investigation. 

Lars, a 2016 graduate of Barrington and a freshman at Penn State, was charged with recklessly endangering another person; hazing; furnishing alcohol to minors; and unlawful acts relative to liquor.

A document released by the Centre County (Pa.) District Attorney's office shares details from the pledge night ceremony at Beta Theta Pi at Penn State University in early February. Included in the document is information about how the pledges drank heavily in a short period of time, and how Piazza later suffered numerous falls while still at the frat house. 

The document also shares information about Kenyon, who, at one point, helped the heavily-intoxicated Piazza to a couch. There are also details about the Piazza's falls, some of which were captured on video cameras inside the house.

Kenyon was reportedly a member of the Beta Theta Pi rush (or recruitment) committee. 

A call to the Kenyon house on Tuesday, May 9, was not answered.


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