Gov. Edwards signs anti-hazing legislation

Members of the Gruver family watch as Gov. John Bel Edwards signs one of four bills addressing hazing Thursday. (Devon Sanders, LSU Manship School News Service)

Devon Sanders

Four bills to stop hazing were signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards Thursday.

Edwards also signed legislation that would restore voting rights to felons on parole five years after their release from prison.

The anti-hazing bills make hazing a felony, strengthen penalties for those who are involved or aware of hazing and require universities to create hazing prevention training.

Rae Ann Gruver, mother of Maxwell Gruver, an LSU freshman who died after he was forced to drink six times the legal alcohol limit at a fraternity house, said that the laws send a message to the entire country.

“Hazing is a problem across the country and things need to change,” Gruver said. “The culture needs to change on hazing. Four bills going through today related to hazing is huge. It says a lot about where the problem is. So I think people need to start standing up and taking action and make the change happen.”

Read the story in The Louisiana Weekly.

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