At Florida’s A & M University last fall death became a reality from hazing. The marching band at this University is often called the best band in the land. The 100 member band is known to be the first band to break with just traditional moving patterns on the field while playing to making their performances very exciting with new contemporary music and lots of dance moves while marching. They marched at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies in Washington and performed with Prince at the Super Bowl.
Of course hazing is forbidden by the school but it happens anyway. Robert died on a bus where everyone on that bus beat him to death. It was ruled as a homicide the result of blunt force trauma to the body. It seems to happen at black college bands like Florida Southern University. Two years ago it happened but now it is happening everywhere. Other band members look forward to the hazing nights. So, it has to stop.
In the past 10 years there has been at least a dozen arrests and multiple hospital visits from hazing’s In 2004 the college settled a case where a clarinet player was beaten 300 times . A saxophone player was charged with three counts of aggravated battery and that was 8 years ago. In 2006 four members of the band was investigated by the United Stare’s Attorney’s office. In 2008 a female band member had cuts to her face, urinating blood and needed a hospital stay. Obviously, the President of the college has not responded in the past and now death has occured there.
Penn State brought in lots of football money and they ignored the pedophile nightmare this college brought in lots of entertainment money from the band and ignored the hazing. These are stories of embarrassment and greed. The administrations of these colleges must explain as to why they didn’t do anything to stop the abuse. Now there are different statues to the law in Florida that define hazing as different from assault.