Police reports suggest that a drinking game may have contributed to the death of Louisiana State University student during a fraternity initiation rites.
The reports hint that the student may have been forced to consume too much alcohol- more than he could handle- during a game or initiation ritual called “Bible Study” on the night before his death.
Reports filed in court Monday say that “Bible Study “meant Phi Delta Theta pledges had to drink as punishment if they gave the wrong answers to questions about the fraternity during a gathering on the night before the death of 18-year-old student Maxwell Gruver.
A witness has told the police that Gruver was highly intoxicated when members of the fraternity left him on a couch sometime past midnight on September 14. At around 11 a.m. the following morning, the members found Gruver still on the couch with a weak pulse and could not determine if he was still breathing. He was brought to the hospital but died later that day.
Gruver’s death is being investigated by authorities as a possible hazing incident. LSU President F. King Alexander, however, quickly declared that the university does not tolerate hazing on campus. He also announced the suspension of all Greek fraternities activities in the university.
The national Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters also announced the suspension of all operations of the fraternity’s chapter on LSU campus following Gruver’s death.
Preliminary autopsy findings showed Gruver had a highly elevated blood alcohol level. He also had THC, the chemical found in marijuana, in his urine.No external or internal trauma was found on Gruver’s body.
Results of additional toxicology testing has yet to be released by authorities.
Gruver was a freshman student at LSU and was seeking membership in Phi Delta Theta fraternity.