Clark Atlanta band suspended amid possible hazing allegations


ATLANTA - Clark Atlanta University has suspended its band performances pending allegations about possible hazing, according to a release provided to Channel 2 Action News.

Officials said the investigation of the "Mighty Marching Panthers" will start immediately.

"While there is no immediate evidence of hazing or any other foul play, the university of its own volition chooses to take a thorough, comprehensive look into this serious matter," the notice said.

Regardless of the findings, Clark Atlanta officials said they are "prepared to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure a safe, healthy, non-threatening experience for our student musicians."

"The integrity of our university, our band program and the honor of the musicians therein warrants no less."

The invesigation of Clark's band comes about 10 months after the death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion.

Investigators believe Champion, who is from DeKalb County, died last November after "Marching 100" members beat him during a hazing ritual on one of the band's charter buses.

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