Source: AP / The Washington Post
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M band member Bria Shante Hunter had tried to get out of going to a meeting. For that, authorities say, fellow band members subjected her to hazing rituals so severe she was left with a broken thigh.
Tallahassee police said that on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Hunter was beaten with fists and a metal ruler to initiate her into the “Red Dawg Order” — a band clique for students from Georgia.
Three Florida A&M band members are scheduled to make initial court appearances Tuesday in the beatings, which came about three weeks before drum major Robert Champion died during a band trip to Orlando. Police say hazing also was involved in that death.
Champion’s death and now Monday’s arrests have exposed a hazing tradition that has long haunted the university. Former clarinet player Ivery Luckey was hospitalized after he said he was paddled around 300 times in 1998. Three years later, band member Marcus Parker suffered kidney damage because of a beating with a paddle.
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