Police: FAMU faculty involved in band hazing

5:40 PM, Mar 28, 2012   |    comments
Florida A&M University
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (USA Today) -- A Tallahassee Police Department investigative report, released Wednesday, tells of 14 Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity pledges who gathered at the off-campus home of a faculty member and were subjected to paddling and punishment related to initiation rituals.

The police report includes incidents of paddling, "necking" and "prepping" to describe blows on the neck and buttocks administered to fraternity members.

An unnamed student, who made the original complaint two days after Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion was killed in November in an incident being investigated as a hazing-related homicide, described events from the spring of 2010.

"He further stated that he remembers receiving anywhere from 20-25 'licks' across his buttocks with the paddle," the police report said.

The police incident report lists Diron Holloway and Anthony Simons -- both employed by Florida A&M, according to the police report -- as suspects in the hazing investigation. The report concludes that no charges will be brought against anyone.

The State Attorney's Office will not prosecute the case, the police report said, because the two-year statute of limitations may have run out on the spring 2010 incident. The off-campus incident, first reported to the university police department Nov. 21, was not forwarded to the Tallahassee police until Jan. 23 of this year.

Band director Julian White's attorney Chuck Hobbs said the longtime Marching 100 leader was appalled when he learned staff members were suspected in hazing activities.

"That's why he took it directly to law enforcement immediately upon learning about it. He is extremely disappointed in the violation of trust," Hobbs said. "Dr. White feels betrayed and undermined in that the very anti-hazing measures that he spent an entire career developing and implementing were usurped by staff members behind his back."

Florida A&M Board of Trustees members were told in December that the case, among others, had been turned over to Tallahassee Police. That was not so. The report says Tallahassee Police first learned of the allegations from a Tallahassee Democrat reporter.

One witness said he was contacted by university police on Jan. 27 of this year, the day a Tallahassee Democrat reporter called university officials to ask about the status of the investigation and whether the case had in fact been forwarded to Tallahassee Police.

(USA Today/Tallahassee Democrat)

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