Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) -- Some students in a metro Atlanta school district that suspended marching band activities over concerns of "inappropriate" activity are concerned the move could tarnish their reputations and hurt their college prospects.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that band members and their families were frustrated with the timing of Wednesday's decision by DeKalb County to suspend the marching bands after finding rule violations at two high schools.
Southwest DeKalb band member Stephen Nesmith's family told the newspaper he worries that the decision will hurt his potential to earn a band scholarship.
The investigation was launched after Robert Champion, a former band leader at Southwest DeKalb, died in November in what's believed to be a hazing incident at Florida A & M University.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)