Proposed Legislation Would Deny Federal Aid to Hazing Perpetrators

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 1, 2012 --

As FAMU reels from a hazing scandal, Florida's congressional delegation is pushing for legislation to deny student aid to perpetrators.

Members of Florida's Congressional delegation have filed legislation that would permanently deny federal student aid to any college student convicted of hazing.

They believe it's the only way to send a strong message to students that the culture of hazing that's inundated many campuses - most particularly FAMU - is unacceptable.

Kevon Jones is in full support. He says he quit FAMU because hazing became a major distraction.

“If you don't take this action, then there's going to be an outcry, because there's going to be way more hazing than there already is,” he said.

Still, FAMU senior Philip Johnson worries revoking financial aid from convicted hazers could carry unintended consequences.

“It's just going to criminalize it, and that's not the answer,” Johnson said. “It's just going to take away the opportunity for these people to get an education, I mean, you know, of course people went too far with Robert Champion.”

The bill, which is being filed by chief sponsor Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), would also deny federal highway and transit funding to states that fail to pass laws that make hazing a crime.

Wilson, a former state senator, played a leading role in passing the 2005 law that makes hazing a felony.

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  • by make it easy on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM
    Just throw them in jail for assault, that's where they need to be anyway.
  • by William Location: Gainesville, FL on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    This is unnecessary legislation.
  • by FAMU the Great Location: Tallysee on Jun 3, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    It appears that the FAMU School Of Dance ( Marching wild things" just cannot get enough funds to support all of their needs. I was in the band last year and could barley afford my rims on both of my cars and the grills on my teethes.
  • by FAMU is Closing Location: Tallahassee on Jun 3, 2012 at 02:04 PM
    I think Tammie is a racist because she could not get into the band. She could not even play so much as a flute and is too old to march with the rest of us.
  • by nanu nanu Location: Tallahassee on Jun 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    Deny student aid to hazers? Ha! Does a lot of good when the hazers are not students!
  • by Tammie McDonald Location: Woodville on Jun 3, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    We should increase Federal Aid for the Marching 100. It is obviously needed because it takes 452 people to make up "100". If we would provide more grant money they could hire nicer buses. If they had more luxurious buses then Robert Champion might still be alive. Maybe that bus driver would have jumped in among the 30 violent people and prevented the beatings. We cannot allow our young people to have poor bus companies that allow deaths. The guy that beat the young woman was only 25 and was not aware that it is wrong to hit a woman 200 times. At least he knew to stop at 300 hits which shows the band does have boundaries. More Federal Aid would also encourage more people to join the band which makes up for those who thought FAMU offered an education instead of being a dance school. I think an endowment should be established for the gyrating dancers. Then the band would be well endowed. Nothing more educated than dancers who can dance in the pasture outside of the barn. And yes, I did take the Ford Ranger for a few days but he said I could and it was not reported stolen.
  • by Sue on Jun 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    If Kevin Jones quit FAMU, he did it because he wanted to. What was he doing in school that hazing was unavoidable? He is probably not in any school at this time.
  • by Vicki Location: Tallahassee on Jun 3, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    Who cares if it takes away their right to an education. If my federal tax dollars are going to these lIDIOTS to attempt to educate them, and they are caught "playing these hazing games" then kick tham out of school and arrest them. I am okay with my other tax dollars (prison) kicking in to help them out. I have resigned myself to the understanding that my tax dollars will take care of them in one way or the other for the rest of their miserable lives! This would be great legislation, but it will never pass. There are too many undeserving blacks that receive it and will be up in arms that the white man is taking away their opportunity to get an education. How about this-THEY made that decision when they chose to haze someone. I couldn't care less about their education!!
  • by Riots on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    Expecting riots in the streets any minute now . . . .
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    I agree they are a drain to the state and to the college and the state is going bankrupt. We just can not afford all the drama.
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