Collin’s Law signed to stiffen hazing penalties in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tougher criminal penalties for hazing will take effect in Ohio this fall, nearly three years after the death of the college student for whom the legislation is named.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday signed “Collin’s Law,” named for Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old Ohio University freshman who died in 2018 after ingesting nitrous oxide at a fraternity house.

“Collin was a protector by nature,” Kathleen Wiant, who championed the legislation since her son’s death, said Tuesday at the signing ceremony. “I can think of no greater way to honor him than a law in his name designed for the sole purpose of protecting others.”

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