BATON ROUGE — The death of a Louisiana State University student after a fraternity drinking ritual has spurred the state to strengthen its laws against hazing.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed a bill to make hazing that kills someone a felony . He also signed legislation requiring schools to teach students about hazing and levy fines on organizations that knowingly allow hazing.
Legislators acted at the urging of the parents of LSU freshman Maxwell Gruver. He who died last year with a blood-alcohol content six times higher than the legal limit for driving. His parents praised lawmakers for supporting the bills.
The state's previous hazing law treated the offense as a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to 30 days in jail.