Steve Gruver, Maxwell’s father, told Channel 2 the lawsuit is necessary to prevent hazing incidents such as the one he said killed his son.
“We are on a mission to educate the world, or the county, on hazing — how to prevent it,” Gruver told the news station. “How to understand what it is and to eliminate it.”
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LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III responded to the lawsuit in an emailed statement to AJC.com.
"The loss of Maxwell Gruver was a tragedy for the Gruver family and the entire LSU community," he said. "Since Max's untimely death, LSU has worked to develop and implement new policies and practices to better protect all of our students. We are now implementing those changes and are working to educate each and every one of our Greek leaders, Greek students and others involved in student organizations. LSU supported the Gruver's efforts to criminalize hazing and ensure that there were harsher penalties for hazing in Louisiana. Our Greek Life Task Force and Implementation Committee have put new measures in place for the start of the fall semester."
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Phi Delta Theta posted a statement online that said an ongoing review has resulted in new programs and policies.
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Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez reports.