Florida A&M University is lifting the suspension of its famous Marching 100 band following a fatal hazing incident in 2011. The band known for its marching appearances at presidential inaugurations and Super Bowls had been suspended since death of drum major Robert Champion.
A Georgia Tech fraternity has been suspended for two years after reports of a hazing. The Gamma Eta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity will lose its house on campus and more as a result of an incident last month.
A bill under consideration in the General Assembly would ban anyone convicted of hazing from enrolling at any Georgia school, which according to state law means any college, university, or K-12 school. Hazing that endangers a student’s health is a misdemeanor in Georgia.
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.