Three FAMU Male Students Charged With Hazing Female Student
Bria Shante Hunter's thigh was broken during beating to join band clique
The Washington Post is reporting that three male FAMU marching band members have been charged with hazing and battery against a female student who was trying to join a band clique called the "Red Dawg Order." This incident allegedly happened three weeks before the death of marching band drum major Robert Champion, whose death is suspected a result of hazing. The male students -- Sean Hobson, 23, Aaron Golson, 19, and James Harris, 22 -- were arrested and charged this week for the beating of Bria Shante Hunter reportedly for failing to attend a band meeting. As punishment, according to police reports, she was punched and whacked repeatedly in the thighs by the guys' fists and at one point a metal ruler. Hunter ended up in the hospital with a broken thigh bone and blood clots.
A local newscast asked why band members participate in hazing and Hunter responded, "So we can be accepted. If you don't do anything, then, it's like you're lame."
No word on if that local station asked why certain band members haze people violently, as opposed to why certain members become a victim of hazing. Hobson denies participating in the hazing, and also denies sending a text that police said he sent to Hunter apologizing "for the mental and physical strain" she suffered.
Harris also denies hitting Hunter. The three men remained in jail as of the time of The Washington Post's report, but are all scheduled to make court appearances today.