Police Interrogations Reveal Depth of FAMU Hazing

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

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.


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  • by Real Location: Florida on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:28 AM
    Firstly, this particular hazing has little to do with the band. This is an organization that exists independently from the band. But really folks, get a life. Hazing inst black or white. The students at another school in Florida the is mostly white knows this well. Robert Champion was no saint. He rode back to that hotel in a limo. He then, went to his room and later returned to that bus to be initiated. You people call for folks to tell on their peers. Why? What happens is this: People want to do something and they think they can take the beatings. Then when it becomes too much, they quit and start singing when people call them quitters. These folks aren't innocent, they are weak. In my opinion, the true killer of Robert Champion is Robert Champion. He walked on that bus. Nobody forced him to do that.
  • by Jack Daniels on Apr 2, 2012 at 04:05 PM
    Any marching/rallying for Champions murder? Is it because it was a black on black crime? Howabout Mr Campbells murder in Madison County? Is it because a black on white and on an elderly crime caused by more than one black? Just like Hoffman and Binders murder.
  • by David on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Its a black thang yall, you wouldnt understand. Thats just how we be.
  • by tshare Location: fla-ga-bama on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    There is no place in civilian life for hazing. There is nothing good that comes out of it. A long time ago I experienced hazing and was lucky enough to have come out of it with bruises and a tougher character. This helped me be better prepared for a very physically rough road I had ahead of me. I believe there is a place and time for it...but NEVER in civilian life...EVER.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    Arrest everyone that was on the bus for Murder and you will find who did it.
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      by anonymous2 on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:46 AM in reply to
      you can say that again...and again.
  • by Paul on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    It is often the case with many types of groups that 'snitching' is frowned on and enforced by the groups. For some reason, the killing, maiming, and anything else involved with these groups (not just bands or universitys, or gangs) is a lesser crime than snitching. This behavior puts may innocents at risk but as a society we look down on those who lack loyalty to their groups actively engaged in crime. That this loyalty is found on any campus should surprise no one. Honesty, integrity, and morality are things of the past.
  • by Alan Location: Wakulla on Apr 1, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    No snitching.
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      by Dee on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:57 AM in reply to Alan
      sad that killing someone is OK, but snitching is not.
  • by maybell Location: gadsden on Apr 1, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    disband the band till everyone understands hazing is not going to be tolerated.
  • by Student on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    Yes you have to be a student and you have to have a certain gpa just as you do with any other organization you try and join. This has nothing to do
    With Robert champion and everyone who says something bad happened to them isn't telling the truth. People lie about things all the time for various reasons. You also have to remember with this hazing cases the hazer and the hazee are just as liable and if you allow yourself to be hazed you are just as guilty as the hazer. These people are NOT victims lets make that clear. And I highly
    Doubt these professor partook in this foolishness
  • by Jess on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    The Marching 100 should be put on suspension at least through Jan 3 2013 which would force them to sit out at least 1 football season. Being on suspension in the spring doesn't have much teeth since it is their light season. It picks up in the summer. This would get the attention of the secrete societies and their Thugs and show them who ins in control.
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