Governor John Bel Edwards signed a series of anti-hazing bills Thursday that he says will give Louisiana some of the stiffest hazing laws in the nation. The legislation was inspired by the death of an LSU student in a hazing incident last year, and led to the creation of the “Max Gruver Act.” Edwards says he fully expects other states to adopt the same laws in coming years.
“Louisiana will actually be the model for other states around the country to follow.”
Gruver’s parents lead the charge on new anti-hazing legislation, specifically Representative Nancy Landry’s bill that makes hazing a felony offense, with up to five years in prison, if convicted. Edwards thanked the Gruver’s for their bravery in the face of that terrible tragedy.
“They have been very courageous in telling Max’s story, as difficult as that has been for them but it’s important that they did that, and so I know we all appreciate it.”
Edwards says these laws won’t just crack down on ‘Greek-Life’ since it protects students in all organizations on college campuses.
“Any student organization official or unofficial has the potential to produce the same kind of problems.”