The nine members of Delta Kappa Epsilon, or "DKE", arrested for hazing last week could be the first to receive the harsher penalties outlined in the Max Gruver Act.

In March 2018, the act was signed into law to create harsher penalties for those convicted of hazing.

“It’s very important to us to get this message out to the country that we need to change. Hazing needs to end,” Max's father, Stephen Gruver said.

Gruver's parents drafted the bill after saying LSU had not done enough to end hazing on campus and wanted to matters into their own hands.

“We dropped Max off at LSU an amazing, caring, sweet, young man who was starting to spread his wings and start shining his light on the world. Now our family is broken. We will never be the same,” Rae Ann Gruver, Max Gruver's mother said.

A year ago, the DKE members could have gotten by their hazing allegations with a misdemeanor, a maximum $100 fine and 30 days behind bars.

With the Max Gruver Act, anyone convicted of hazing could be charged with a felony and are now subject to $1,000 in fines and six months in prison. 

Right now the harshest penalties DKE members are facing include felonies for second-degree battery, false imprisonment and criminal hazing.

Other members are facing misdemeanor charges for criminal hazing.

Tiger TV News Reporter