published Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Georgia school district suspends all marching bands due to 'inappropriate physical activity'

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    In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, photo, Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla. The band, which has a history of hazing, has been shut down until investigators find out more about how Champion died after the game. University President James Ammons said on Tuesday, Nov. 22, he suspended all performances and other activities out of respect for the family of Champion, 26, of Atlanta. The drum major was found unresponsive on a bus parked in front of an Orlando hotel Saturday night after the school's loss to annual rival Bethune-Cookman. Champion was vomiting and had complained he couldn't breathe before he collapsed. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Joseph Brown III)
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ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area school district is suspending all marching band activities over concerns of "inappropriate physical activity" between students.

The district began investigating after Robert Champion, a former band member at one of the district's schools, died last month in what is believed to be hazing at a Florida A&M University. Champion attended Southwest DeKalb High, whose band is suspended, along with another Florida A&M student who says she was beaten so severely she could barely walk.

Walter Woods, spokesman for the DeKalb County school district, said Wednesday they were looking at every high school after two incidents during band activities over the summer. He declined to say whether they were hazing.

He did say students were not injured enough to be treated at a hospital.

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j17davis said...

She couldn't walk, but it wasn't bad enough to be treated at a hospital? Does that make any sense?

December 14, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.
GeorgiaRebel said...

@j17davis If you have ever been to band camp (or perhaps any sports camp), you would understand. FWIW, the story didn't say she couldn't walk, but that she could BARELY walk. IOW she could walk, but it hurt.

December 14, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.
SmartOne said...

j17davis, the last line of the article is referencing the DeKalb County incidents. The female student mentioned as being "barely able to walk" was a Florida A&M student. She was hospitalized with a cracked femur and blood clots. Three FAMU students were recently arrested in that hazing case, and were in court this week. See here:

December 14, 2011 at 11:26 p.m.
Haiku said...

These students must use common sense too. Being young doesn't mean you can't have common sense. Even my 4 year old nephew refuse to be spanked. But these actually grown-ups are stupid enough to allow groups of people to hit them, kicked them, often with medal objects just to belong to something? STUPID! There's no way I would allow someone to beat me just so I can join their club. These hazing have to stop, and the only way they will stop is if everyone play their fair role in making them stop. That will include the victims who more often than not agree to allow themselves to be hazed.

December 15, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.
solomon11 said...

Hazing went on when I was in the band 26 years ago. I just didn't go to the bon fire where the hazing would take place. It's common knowledge that freshmen or new members get hazed at these events. Band Camp is at least chaparoned by band directors and parents. They are less likely to pull anything that would have to be explained the next day.

December 15, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
j17davis said...

I wasn't downing the girl, I was just saying that if she was already in teh state of being "tird" from the march they should have at least helped her rather than not treating her

January 9, 2012 at 10:16 a.m.
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