Tallahassee, FL -- March 30, 2012 --
In a series of interrogations, Tallahassee Police pushed the point.
“It’s kinda hard to believe that no paddling occurred.”
They believe that students were paddled at a band fraternity initiation at the home of Associate Professor Diron Holloway.
But student after student steadfastly denied being hazed or taking part.
“I never got hit.”
Suspended Associate Professor Anthony Simmons brought a lawyer to his interview. He denied being part of any ritual.
Investigator: “He said he specifically remembered that you gave him about 10 of his licks.”
“That’s a lie.”
But Simmons admitted that he had been hazed when he was a student in the 1990’s.
“I allowed myself to be beaten when I was a student, and I shouldn’t have done that. But you know, you just want to fit in.”
And wished he had stepped forward.
“If I had said no, maybe it would have ended back then.”
The police report paints a picture of uncooperative witnesses.
“It was two years ago. I can’t even remember what happened sometimes a month ago.”
FAMU Police Chief Calvin Ross is not surprised.
“Most often we don’t get that cooperation when it comes down to hazing.”
And students we talked to on campus appear to just want the hazing story to go away.
“I have no idea about what you’re talking about.”
While investigators believe that something happened at the home of the professor, no charges are being filed in the case. That’s because of a lack of cooperation and because the incident happened in early 2010.
If police could have proven a charge of hazing it would be consider a misdemeanor in Florida and the statute of limitation on misdemeanor runs out in two years.