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Second victim emerges with hazing allegations against FAMU band

By Lynn Hatter


Tallahassee, FL – Law enforcement officials are investigating another allegation of hazing within the FAMU Marching band. Lynn Hatter reports, this case is separate from the ongoing investigation into the death of one of the band's drum majors.

The parents of Bria Hunter, a freshman clarinet player from Atlanta, say their daughter was hazed in early November. An incident report filed with the Tallahassee Police Department shows incidents took place as far back as the middle of September at an off-campus apartment complex. In an interview with Atlanta NBC-affiliate 11 Alive, Hunter's parents say they notified band director Julian White and he responded quickly.

"We called Dr. White. Dr. White responded. He told me, Madison, you didn't send your daughter down here to get hurt. If they didn't take heed to what happened to Bria a couple of weeks before, it shouldn't have gotten to the point where Robert Champion died."

Hunter's parents say they plan to press charges. The incident precedes the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion's death has spurred a criminal investigation and led to the firing of White. It has also sparked investigations into the university's policies for handling hazing allegations.