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FAMU fallout: Marching band activities suspended at nearly two dozen Georgia high schools

ATLANTA — The fallout from the death of a Florida A&M University drum major broadened Wednesday to nearly two dozen high schools in Georgia, where marching band activities were suspended over concerns of "inappropriate physical activity" between bandmates.

A metro Atlanta school district began investigating after Robert Champion died Nov. 19. The Southwest DeKalb High graduate was found unresponsive on a bus parked in Orlando after a football game, and authorities said his death involved hazing.

Another Florida A&M student, Bria Shante Hunter, who also attended Southwest DeKalb, told police she was severely beaten in a hazing ritual about three weeks before Champion's death.

Hunter said she was repeatedly hit in her legs by members of the "Red Dawg Order," a club for Georgia natives. Authorities have said Champion was hazed.

Three band members were arrested in Hunter's case.

Meanwhile, 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.

The separate investigation was triggered by information investigators discovered regarding the finances of the Marching 100, a person in Gov. Rick Scott's administration told the Associated Press. He asked for anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to discuss the matter.

FAMU fallout: Marching band activities suspended at nearly two dozen Georgia high schools 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:08pm]
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