Thursday, March 29, 2012
Two faculty members on paid leave
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two Florida A&M University music
faculty members are on paid administrative leave following allegations they were present while band fraternity pledges were hazed.
University president James Ammons announced the action late Wednesday. It came on the heels of a Tallahassee police report saying Diron Holloway and Anthony Simons were present during the hazing at Holloway's home in early 2010.
Pledges were slapped on the neck and back and
may have been paddled, according to the police report. No charges were filed, though, because
investigators cannot prove it happened within a two-year statute of limitations.
The incident was reported to campus police last November, two
days after the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion while the band was in Orlando for a football game. Champion died after suffering blunt trauma.