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Zero Tolerance for Hazing
Zero Tolerance for Hazing
The Miami Herald
OUR OPINION: Stronger action required to avoid more tragedies By The Miami
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Every few years, theres news that a college student has died or been
seriously injured during hazing on a college campus. Unlike plagues of
locust, this cycle could and should be broken. Yet the stern measures that
each tragedy provokes fade too quickly from memory.
The beating death of a FAMU drum major in late November was not the first
brutal assault of a member of the Marching 100. There were widely reported
incidents in 1998 and 2001, the latter resulting in a $1.8 million
judgment against band members. Just three weeks before drum major Robert
Champions death, another band member suffered multiple injuries. Her
alleged attackers now face criminal charges.
Victims participate willingly from a deep need to belong to a group
considered so special. Hazing bullies figure that if they survived the
ordeal, they have a right to inflict pain on others. A 1960s study at Yale
was frightening in its conclusion that most people will hurt others if
ordered to do so by a person in authority, particularly when personal
responsibility is not strongly apparent.
This does not excuse the willingness to participate on either side.
Band director Julian White has been placed on leave; he complains he
suspended 26 students from the band for hazing, but university
administrators took no further action against them. Mr. Scott wants FAMU
President James Ammons suspended, but the board of trustees wants the
results of the investigations first.
But neither university administrators nor the individuals in the band have
been able to eliminate its terrible secret of brutal hazing by use of mild
punishments and suspensions. Surely it is past time for zero tolerance.
Surely it is past time to suspend the band for two years, the two years
until Robert Champion would have graduated as a music major.
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