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Band Student Dies in Hazing at Florida A&M

A Florida A&M drum major has died from hazing incident.

That’s it. I’m officially going to bubble wrap my children until they are out of college.

A Florida A&M drum major died after injuries from a hazing incident this month. While no one has stepped up to confirm he died from hazing, former band members and police say Robert Champion was likely forced to walk through a “gauntlet of fists.”

I’m appalled by the students who could do such a thing, and I think anyone involved in hazing rituals should be punished to the highest extent of the law. I’m heartbroken for the kids who feel like they have to go through with it. No matter how steeped in tradition it may be, hazing is barbaric and should be more closely monitored by schools. Florida A&M claims to have suspended over 30 students for hazing just this semester. But is suspension enough? Apparently not.

The school has fired the band director, Julian White, whom the family plans to sue, including Florida A&M. The grieving parents said Robert never gave them any clues that hazing was going on, and acted like everything was okay.

I mean, he was in band. What in the world?! I’m obviously clueless because I associate hazing with college fraternities and the military. Not something sweet and innocent like the marching band. I have a lot to learn. And to teach my kids.

And a whole lot of bubble wrap to buy.

Read Stephanie’s posts at Strollerderby and her personal blog Adventures in Babywearing.

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