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Four FAMU band members charged with hazing



Four members of Florida A&M's famed Marching 100 band were arrested on charges of hazing late Thursday.

The charges stem from a separate event than the Nov. 19 incident in which drum major Robert Champion died from injuries he sustained from a severe beating after a rivalry football game.

The students — Hakeem Birch, Brandon Benson, Anthony Mingo and Denise Bailey — belonged to a subgroup for clarinetists known as the "Clones," according to an arrest warrant.

Five band members who wanted to pledge the Clones showed up to a Tallahassee residence, home to roommates Benson and Birch, on around Sept. 1, FAMU police said.

The pledges lined up according to height and were forced to exercise and play music while being punched, slapped on the back and paddled, the warrant states.

One of the pledges took a picture of the bruises on her buttocks after the initiation and quit pledging.

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[Last modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 3:49pm]


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