TALLAHASSEE (AP)— Police have arrested three Florida A&M band members for allegedly beating a female member so severely during hazing rituals that they broke her thigh.
Tallahassee police said Monday that in hazing ceremonies Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, the three struck Bria Shante Hunter’s legs with their fists and with a metal ruler to initiate her into the “Red Dawg Order.” It’s a band clique for students who come from Georgia.
Hunter told police that days later the pain became unbearable, so she went to the hospital. It was discovered that her thigh bone was broken and that she had blood clots in her legs.
Hunter’s beatings came about three weeks before FAMU drum major Robert Champion died after an alleged hazing incident during a trip to Orlando. Champion, 26, was a graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School.
On Tuesday, two Florida A&M University students decided to fight charges that they beat a fellow member of the famed Marching 100 band so hard during a hazing incident she was left with a broken thigh.
Twenty-three-year-old Sean Hobson and 19-year-old Aaron Golson were charged Monday with hazing and battery. Twenty-two-year-old James Harris was charged with hazing. All three remained jailed early Tuesday.
Attorneys for Harris and Golson – who appeared at a court hearing Tuesday -say their clients would plead not guilty. A Leon County judge set a bond of $2,500 for Harris and bonds of $10,000 for Golson and Hobson.