Police charge Sean Hobson, Aaron Golson and James Harris in hazing of FAMU student Bria Shante Hunter, who suffered broken thigh bone and had blood clots in her legs as a result of beating.
Police charged Sean Hobson and Aaron Golson with hazing and battery, and James Harris with hazing in the beating of Florida A&M University Marching 100 member Bria Shante Hunter on October 31 and November 1, just days before drum major Robert Champion was found dead from suspected hazing. Tallahassee police said Bria Shante Hunter was beaten with fists and a metal ruler to initiate her into the “Red Dawg Order” — a band clique for students who come from Georgia, the AJC reports.
Hunter told police that days later the pain became so unbearable that she went to the hospital. Besides her broken thigh bone, she had had blood clots in her legs.
Leon County records show that all three arrested men were in jail on Monday night. A university spokeswoman confirmed they were students. Attempts to reach listed numbers for them were unsuccessful.
Police say that the hazing happened at Harris’ off-campus apartment in Tallahassee and that at one point he stopped Golson and Hobson from hitting Hunter further. Hunter did not immediately return a call to her cell phone. Source
I am not here to knock FAMU, black sororities and fraternities, but during my undergraduate years at Ohio University, I recall incidents of hazing that led to pledges getting hurt, even one male student losing a kidney. I never had any desire to become part of a group that inflicts torture as part of the initiation process. To Ohio University’s credit, they adopted a no-hazing policy and any group that was caught hazing was banned from campus. It’s disturbing that this tradition is alive and well on some college campuses. No group is worth joining if you allow yourself to be subjected to hazing. Sorry. That’s just it, plain and simple.