FAMU Band Member Says He Was Verbally Harassed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida A&M band member said he was verbally harassed by another member for not joining a subgroup of the band’s trombone section known as “Thunder,” according to a letter written by a band staff member to the head of the music department.

Robert Griffin writes in his letter to interim Music Department Chairwoman Valencia Matthews that the Marching 100 trombone player said Tuesday he was repeatedly subjected to verbal harassment and decided he needed to report the incidents “before the situation became violent,” according to a Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/yNmBAE) report on Friday. It was not clear when the harassment is alleged to have taken place.

Griffin and Associate Professor Shelby Chipman told the student to report the allegations to the FAMU Police Department which is now investigating the complaint, the newspaper reported. The student was also told to inquire about the need for a restraining order.

In November, drum major Robert Champion died after a hazing ritual. An autopsy ruled the death a homicide. It concluded Champion suffered blunt trauma blows to his body and died from shock caused by severe bleeding.

The band was suspended following Champion’s death and remain inactive.

Any death involving hazing is a third-degree felony in Florida, but no charges have been filed so far in Champion’s death. In a separate case, three band members were arrested in the Oct. 31 beating of a woman band member whose thigh bone was broken.

Earlier this year, an independent five-member committee was created to study hazing, methods that have helped students resist hazing and how to best govern FAMU’s famed Marching 100 band.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • http://www.celeboasis.com/?p=7477 FAMU Band Member Says He Was Verbally Harassed « CBS Tampa | Celeb Oasis

    […] here to see the original: FAMU Band Member Says He Was Verbally Harassed « CBS Tampa This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged a-letter-written, and-decided, department, […]

  • Mexican recipe refried beans

    Meals coming from mexico features captured the interest regarding diners and also at home cooks all over the world lately. The story powering this kind of significantly well-liked food is among …Mexican Cookiing

blog comments powered by Disqus
Vietnam Veterans' Bond Forged Again With Kidney DonationServing together in Vietnam, John Middaugh and Henry "Bill" Warner forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting. A world and nearly a half a century away from the war zone where they'd counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month in a new way: by giving one of his kidneys.
Dr. Paul Bearer II Tombstone Tales | Halloween EditionOn Sunday, October 25th, Dr. Paul Bearer II returned to the Tenement Castle for an afternoon of HORRORble movies.

Listen Live