Absolutely disgusting! There is so much wrong with this situation! Hazing is always on purpose – it is planned and the intent is to harm, embarrass, or degrade new members – it is an intentional act of cruelty and abuse! This is a felony in the state of Louisiana thanks to the Max Gruver Act. Thankfully the young man on life support lived (after a deadly BAC) but his girlfriend did not – she committed suicide when he was taken to the hospital. There is so much more to this story and there should be a large number of charges assessed to the hazers, especially to the New Member Educator! Parents, if your child is hazed please press charges – it has to stop! All of those 13 pledges (new members) should be pressing charges and filing civil suits! And the fact that there was a death as a consequence of this hazing event is heartbreaking!
*Also should matter that Rae Ann Feldner Gruver, Stephen Gruver and I spoke to LSU students last year and told them in great detail the damaging effects of hazing – so these hazers chose cruel abuse of the new members knowing full well what could happen. And then they didn’t call 911 after putting them in a dangerous state. They chose cruelty over brotherhood – they deserve to face serious consequences, the least of which is expulsion from LSU and a permanent ban on the Phi Psi chapter there.