FAMU student James Harris was arrested December 12, charged with hazing freshman band member Bria Hunter.
FAMU student Aaron Golson was arrested December 12, charged with hazing freshman band member Bria Hunter.
FAMU student Sean Hobson was arrested December 12, charged with hazing freshman band member Bria Hunter.
Florida A&M University band (Flickr:MarkusR)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police have arrested three Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University band members for hazing.
Sean Hobson, 23, Aaron Golson, 19, and James Harris, 22, were arrested Monday, each student charged with one count of hazing. Hobson and Golson were also charged with one count of felony battery.
Police say Hobson and Golson repeatedly struck freshman band member Bria Hunter's legs with their fists and a metal ruler during a hazing ritual. This was to initiate her into the "Red Dawg Order," a band clique for students from Atlanta.
Hunter's beatings were so severe that her thigh bone was broken and she had blood clots in her legs.
This incident happened about three weeks before another FAMU Band Member, Robert Champion, was killed during a band trip to Orlando. Police believe hazing was also involved. Investigators have not connected these arrests to Champion's death.
According to the Tallahassee Police Department, Hunter's injuries were sustained over the course of several days. She was called to a meeting at an off-campus apartment where, she told police, she was struck more than 20 times in the legs. According to police, she expressed that she did not want to go to the apartment, but was "forced" to attend.
Hunter's parents told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander they noticed something was wrong with their daughter during a visit to campus.
"She walked toward me in the car, and she was walking stiff-legged," her mother Kimberly Hunter recalled. "She tried to get into the car, and she couldn't bend her legs to get in."
Beginning November 8th, band director Dr. Julian White suspended 26 students from the Marching 100, some of those in connection to Hunter's case.
The following week, on November 17th, FAMU Police Chief Calvin Ross and Henry Kirby, Dean of Students, met with band members to discuss hazing. Champion died two days later.
Hazing is a third-degree felony in Florida.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.