LSU Investigates Possible Hazing in Student Death

Angelo Anderson
September 17, 2017

William "Beau" Clark released preliminary findings on Friday of an autopsy performed earlier in the morning on 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Ga.

According to the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office this is what was found: highly elevated blood alcohol levels plus THC, which is a chemical found in marijuana.

He said Phi Delta Theta, the fraternity involved in the investigation, has been suspended by the university and its national chapter. "As we have continually warned over and over again, hazing is unsafe irresponsible and unacceptable, and it will not be tolerated at LSU, period".

The university has suspended "all Greek activities" pending the outcome of the police investigation of Maxwell Gruver's death. He also called the teenager's death "tragic and untimely", according to NBC11. Its crackdown follows the February death of a PSU sophomore after his fraternity's initiation night.

As of now, Gruver's cause of death remains unknown. A house mom lives in the fraternity house, Ballard told CNN.

"We're committed to investigating this situation thoroughly", Bob Biggs, the chief executive at Phi Delta Theta said in a statement.

"We mourn the loss, and the possible impact that he may have had on our region and the world", he said.

Alexander offered his "deepest sympathies and prayers" to the student's family and friends. We are investigating this matter with the utmost seriousness.

A chapter at Middle Tennessee State University was put on probation in August 2016 amid allegations of hazing, that included blindfolding pledges in the woods, and use of hard drugs, according to NBC affiliate WSMV.

"As of 1997, Phi Delta Theta chapter instated rules to be an alcohol-free fraternity and "properties are to remain free from alcohol by anyone, at any time, under any circumstance", as written on the national website".

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