Clark Atlanta University Lifts Suspension Of Marching Band After Hazing Investigation

Clark Atlanta found no evidence of hazing or any illegal activity, according to a statement.

“After conducting a self-­‐imposed, aggressive and thorough investigation, which began August 30 in response to an allegation regarding the possibility of hazing, Clark Atlanta University today announces that there was neither hazing nor any illegal activity as defined by Georgia Code 16-­‐5-­‐61,” read a statement issued Tuesday. “Therefore, the University today is lifting its suspension of the ‘Mighty Marching Panthers’ Band.”

The university self-imposed a suspension on the Mighty Marching Panthers on Aug. 30, halting all performances. The school stated at the time there was no clear and immediate evidence of illegal activity.

Hazing at Historically Black Colleges & Universities, like Clark Atlanta, have been increasingly under the microscope after the death of drum major Robert Champion during a hazing incident at Florida A&M University one year ago. Champion was beaten in the dark on a bus after a football game, ultimately leading to his death. Champion was from Decatur, Ga., just outside Atlanta. read more…

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