Dekalb County School System Suspend Bands After Fallout From Florida A&M

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK/AJC) — The Dekalb County school district is suspending all marching band activities over concerns of “inappropriate physical activity” between students.

The district began investigating after Robert Champion, a former band member at one of the district’s schools, died last month in what is believed to be a hazing incident at Florida A&M University. Champion attended Southwest DeKalb High, along with Bria Hunter another Florida A&M student who says she was beaten so severely she could barely walk.

Walter Woods, spokesman for the DeKalb County school district, said Wednesday they were looking at every high school after two incidents during band activities over the summer. He declined to say whether they were hazing.

He did say students were not injured enough to be treated at a hospital.

In other related FAMU news, Florida authorities looking into Champion’s death opened a new investigation after they uncovered possible employee fraud and misconduct at the university, according to documents released Wednesday.

More in this report from the AJC

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