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Some Think It’s Worth The Risk, But Hazing Can Be Deadly

Since 1959, there has been at least one hazing death per year in U.S. colleges and secondary schools.

This fall has seen another tragic death due to hazing. Maxwell Gruver, an 18-year-old Phi Delta Theta pledge at Louisiana State University, died hours after participating in a mock quiz designed to get pledges disturbingly drunk – fast. Charges have been have beeen brought against 10 fraternity members, one a negligent homicide charge.

Gruver participated in the facetiously named “Bible Study” quiz, taking a snort of 190-proof alcohol each time he gave a wrong answer to questions about Phi Delta Theta’s history. It’s a drinking game associated with prior fraternity deaths at several universities.

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