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Parents of LSU student Max Gruver decry latest hazing close call. From WAFB 9

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About one year after the Maxwell Gruver case came to a close, the teen’s family is speaking out about this new incident, saying things like this need to stop.

Gruver was killed in September of 2017 in a very similar hazing incident. The man accused in his death, Matthew Naquin, was sentenced to prison in November of 2019.

“From what I read in the arrest warrant here, is that this young man’s (Phi Kappa Psi pledge) blood alcohol level was .45, and I believe that Mr. Gruver’s was .48. So they were very close,” said EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore.

District Attorney Moore says while the cases may seem similar, the difference is that someone took control early in the case with the Phi Kappa Psi pledge, and that young man was taken to the hospital just in time.

He also says there’s been more cooperation with this new investigation.

“We always knew that hazing was really engrained in fraternal organizations and others. Not just fraternities, other organizations on different campuses. But then to see it again, and it be very similar to that one, it is a little disheartening,” said Moore.

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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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