Parents of LSU fraternity pledge sue after son's death

MARCH 21, 2018 FILE PHOTO. Photo: AP
MARCH 21, 2018 FILE PHOTO.

August 16, 2018 04:21 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died of alcohol intoxication after an alleged fraternity hazing ritual have filed a $25 million federal lawsuit against the university board, the fraternity and several fraternity members.

Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver's lawsuit on behalf of, Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge. Defendants include Phi Delta Theta fraternity and students already facing criminal charges in the 18-year-old Gruver's death last September.

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The suit claims LSU responds with "deliberate indifference" to allegations of fraternity hazing. It says Phi Delta has a "history of dangerous misconduct."

LSU declined immediate comment.

Phi Delta Theta declined comment on the suit but, in an online statement, said an ongoing review has resulted in new programs and policies.

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By KEVIN McGILL

(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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