LSU suspends Greek activities after student's death

Police are investigating the death of 18-year-old freshman Max Gruver, a Phi Delta Theta pledge, as a possible hazing incident and say alcohol may have been a factor in his death.
1:55 | 09/15/17

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Back now with that fraternity death at Louisiana state university. A hazing investigation is under way after a freshman has died. T.J. Holmes is here with the story. Good morning, T.J. Strahan, the school year just started and this 18-year-old freshman got to be a college freshman for 24 days. Now he's dead. Now, the college didn't just go after the fraternity involved. They shut them all down for now. This morning, all fraternities and sororities temporarily shut down at Louisiana state university as police investigate the death of 18-year-old freshman max Gruver. We're all devastated. Reporter: Authorities are investigating it as a possible hazing incident and say alcohol may have been a factor in the death of the 18-year-old phi delta theta pledge. Hazing is dangerous, irresponsible and unacceptable and it will not be tolerated at lsu, period. Reporter: According to the coroner's office he was taken from the fraternity house and dropped off at a local hospital Wednesday night but someone investigators say was not a paramedic. The student newspaper reporting school authorities weren't notified of the incident until noon the next day. I want to emphasize this is the evolving situation. We are investigating this matter with the utmost seriousness. Reporter: The national phi delta theta organization suspended the local chapter writing in a statement, we're committed to investigating this situation thoroughly. The chapter and any individuals who are found to have violated our policies will be held accountable. The suspension of lsu's Greek activities comes as campuses nationwide are taking a tougher stance on alcohol abuse and hazing following high-profile incidents like the death of Timothy piazza during an alcohol-fueled beta theta piincident at Penn state leading to criminal charges for 14 members of his fraternity. The investigation is under way. No arrests have been made and the autopsy on that young man is going to be performed today. That's a shame. Another avoidable death. 128. 18. So sad.

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