Three FAMU Band Members Charged for Severely Beating Woman in Hazing Ritual
The investigation into the hazing activities of the Florida A&M University marching band following the death of member Robert Champion has uncovered more alleged instances of hazing in the storied program. Three band members have now been arrested for beating a woman, Bria Shante Hunter, during a hazing ritual unconnected to Champion's death.
The beatings took place on October 31 and November 1 according to the AP. Hunter had sought to join "the Red Dawg Order," a band clique for members from Georgia. After missing a meeting Hunter was beaten with fists and metal rulers as a form of punishment and hazing. Hunter was beaten the next day for failing to recite correct information about the group.
Hunter ignored the injuries for days, but eventually the pain became so severe she went to the hospital. There doctors discovered that her thigh bone had been broken. She also had blood clots in her leg.
Hunter eventually went to police. On Monday, Sean Hobson, 23, and Aaron Golson, 19, were arrested and charged with hazing and battery. A third band member James Harris, 22, was charged with hazing. The beatings were believed to have happened at Harris' off-campus apartment, and according to police he did try and stop Hobson and Golson from further beating Hunter.
The beatings took place just three weeks before Champion's death. He died on the school's bus shortly after they performed at a halftime show.
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