Parents react to VSU’s anti-hazing plan

Posted at 6:55 PM, May 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-08 18:55:36-04

(WTVR) -- The parents of a Virginia State University student who drowned in the Appomattox River last month are criticizing the university's plan to stop hazing.

Jauwan Holmes and Marvell Edmondson went in the river as a part of what police call a hazing ritual.

Tuesday, weeks after their deaths, VSU announced it is hosting an anti-hazing conference and creating a website in an effort to combat the problem.

However, Holmes' parents said the university should have been taken action sooner.

"Without being angry, it's kind of like it's too late for me.. Personally it is too late," said Dionne Williams, Holmes' mother. "But if it will stop a hazing or another child from being hurt or losing their life it's a good thing."

Holmes' parents said they wish the school would have consulted them before making changes. They also said they would like to see a list of unsanctioned groups, like Men of Honor, passed distributed to students on campus.