Police: Hazing took place at FAMU professor's home

Police: Hazing took place at FAMU professor’s home

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By BILL KACZOR, Associated Press

Associated Press March 28, 2012 12:38 PM .

(03-28) 12:38 PDT Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) –

"Witnesses told police that two Florida A&M University faculty members were present as band fraternity pledges were hazed at the home of one of the professors in early 2010, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.

Authorities said no charges will be filed because investigators cannot prove the Kappa Kappa Psi hazing happened within a two-year statute of limitations. The case has been closed.

The Tallahassee Police Department report says band director Julian White told campus police about the allegations on Nov. 21 after another faculty member brought them to his attention.

That was two days after the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion while the March 100 band was in Orlando for a football game. Champion suffered from blunt trauma while aboard a band bus and died from shock due to severe internal bleeding. His death is being investigated as a homicide. No arrests have been made.

Champion’s death was just one in a series of hazing events involving the FAMU band. …"

Once you’ve got a culture of hazing, its almost impossible to stamp out without totally shutting things down for a period of several years and bringing in someone unassociated with the program.

That sounds very likely.

Follow-up news:

washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/2-florida-aandm-music-professors-put-on-paid-administrative-leave-in-band-fraternity-hazing-case/2012/03/29/gIQAiFwmiS_story.html

2 Florida A&M music professors put on paid administrative leave in band fraternity hazing case

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, March 29, 6:42 AMAP TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —
University President James Ammons announced the action late Wednesday.

It came on the heels of a Tallahassee police report saying Diron Holloway and Anthony Simons were present during the hazing at Holloway’s home in early 2010.

The report says pledges were slapped on the neck and back and may have been paddled. No charges were filed, though, because investigators cannot prove it happened within a two-year statute of limitations.

The incident was reported to campus police last November, two days after the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion while the band was in Orlando for a football game. Champion died after suffering blunt trauma.

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