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Fallout from FAMU: Ga. high schools suspend bands

December 15, 2011 • National News


Students wait for their rides outside of the band room at South West DeKalb High School Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14, 2011 in Decatur, Ga. The fallout from the death of a Florida A&M University drum major broadened Wednesday to nearly two dozen high schools in Georgia, including South West DeKalb, where marching band activities were suspended over concerns of “inappropriate physical activity” between band mates. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Jason Getz) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT

ATLANTA (AP) — 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 band mates.

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 front of an Orlando hotel after a university 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 Login to read more

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