Authorities have charged three band members at Florida A&M University with hazing in connection with injuries to a fellow band member whose legs were so severely beaten that her thigh was broken, the Associated Press reported. The injured woman, Bria Shante Hunter, was beaten with fists and a metal ruler in incidents on October 31 and November 1 as part of an initiation into the “Red Dawg Order,” a group within the band, Tallahassee police detectives said. Two of the accused students face charges of battery as well. All three reportedly were in jail on Monday night.
The incidents involving Ms. Hunter occurred about three weeks before the death of a drum major, Robert Champion, which is also believed to have stemmed from hazing and which state law-enforcement officials are investigating. The university has postponed disciplinary actions in relation to that case, and its president has been reprimanded by its board.