Hazing News

LSU close call mirrors previous LSU hazing death

Here is the link and WBRZ 3 excerpt

A hospitalized male student and a female acquaintance’s suicide are at the center of the investigation, WBRZ learned Tuesday. The Advocate reported the female’s suicide came after the male student was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

The male student became critically ill after an incident late Sunday and was hospitalized Monday and was recovering Tuesday, sources told WBRZ. The woman’s suicide happened later Monday.

LSU said in a statement Tuesday, it was investigating incidents tied to a concern of violations of the LSU student code and East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office is investigating a “potential hazing incident.”

The Advcoate/ reported later Tuesday, the male and female involved in the situation are from the New Orleans area.

The ordeal has forced the university to suspend a fraternity as the investigation unfolds.

LSU announced Tuesday afternoon the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was placed on interim suspension pending an investigation into the incident. The fraternity must halt all activities pending an investigation.

Moore added, the situation was “extremely similar” to the Max Gruver hazing case, which left an 18-year-old freshman dead in 2017.

Police are interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence to determine if there are any criminal violations, Moore said in a statement.

“…the case looks extremely similar in many aspects to the Gruver case, with the exception that there is not a death [directly tied to hazing],” Moore continued. He said those involved are cooperating.

In a Tuesday evening interview, Strategic Communications Vice President Jim Sabourin added, “When what we’re looking at may or may not be a single incident, but it stems from a single incident. What we are looking at is, does that show any evidence whatsoever of violation of the law and of LSU policies?”

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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