Fallout from FAMU: Ga. high schools suspend bands

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

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.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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