FAMU dismisses students charged with hazing

10:52 AM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The four students charged last week with hazing pledges of a Florida A&M marching band club known as the Clones have been dismissed from the university. The move was announced Monday during a FAMU board of trustees meeting.

The students will have a chance to appeal their dismissal before a student judicial committee.

The four band members face misdemeanor hazing charges after reports that other students were punched and paddled during an initiation.

Last week's arrests are the latest in a scandal that has rocked the university and its famed Marching 100 band.

The four students arrested were: Denise Bailey, 22; Brandon Benson, 23; Hakeem Birch, 21 and Anthony Mingo, 22. According to a police report, all denied that hazing occurred or said they didn't know about it.

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