Greek Hazings Lead to Several Arrests

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

Most universities have a zero tolerance policy towards hazing when it comes to Greek organizations or bands on their campuses, but in 2001, a FAMU Marching 100 band member was hospitalized with kidney failure after he says he was paddled.

More than 10 arrests were made.

Three years later, three freshmen saxophone players accused a senior of hitting them with a wooden paddle, a practice that's appalling to some students.

Leon White a FAMU student, says, "I think it's kind of wrong because you left your parents at home and I don't feel one your age should be beating on you because they have a higher authority over an organization of a fraternity or sorority like that."

Beating is not the only form of hazing. The Associated Press reports a University of Miami student drowned in seven feet of water. He was legally drunk.

Gov. Jeb Bush is scheduled to sign the new "Chad Meredith Act" into law Tuesday, sending a clear message to those involved in hazing.

Willie Meggs, State Attorney, says, "As I understand the new law it would become a third degree felony. Presently, it's a third degree misdemeanor if it involved, but all cases I believe would be whether or not it would be serious injuries and how deliberate it was."

Those convicted of the crime could face five years in prison. Florida will join seven other states in making hazing a felony.


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