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Clark Atlanta University Band Suspended for Suspected Hazing

Earlier this week, the marching band of Clark Atlanta University was temporarily suspended for suspected hazing. This comes after the November 2011 death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion.

The CAU Mighty Marching Panthers were set to perform in the season's first home game performance this Saturday but the band was replaced by Atlanta’s Benjamin E. Mays High School marching band.

There are currently no details of when the suspected hazing took place, how many band members were involved or if a police investigation has begun.

The University released a statement:

"Clark Atlanta University today suspended performances of its “Mighty Marching Panthers” Marching Band in light of an allegation regarding the possibility of hazing within its ranks. 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.

Even the possibility of hazing is unacceptable under any circumstance. Therefore, an investigation will commence immediately. The University aims to be thorough, comprehensive and aggressive in its review.

Ideally, the allegations will prove untrue and the band can return to its planned schedule of performances as quickly as possible. However, regardless of the findings, Clark Atlanta is 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."

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