FAMU police records show hazing complaints

Published: Feb. 19, 2012 at 4:02 AM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Documents show that Florida A&M University police investigated at least 10 complaints about hazing involving the school's famed marching band between August 2007 and November, when a band member died after being hazed.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that it received the campus police documents through a public records request.

Among the documents is a complaint from former FAMU student Bria Shante Hunter days before alleged hazing ceremonies Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 left her with a broken leg. Three students have been charged with hazing Hunter.

Hunter told campus police that she complained to a band employee during a band trip to South Carolina around Oct. 22 about being "battered" earlier in the semester during an initiation by a group affiliated with the band, the documents show.

Chuck Hobbs, an attorney for longtime band director Julian White, says that if the employee heard a complaint about hazing, he should have reported it.

Hobbs says White was not informed of any hazing involving Hunter until her parents contacted him about her injuries in November.

White is on administrative leave.