The all female dance group was suspended late Tuesday after a parent reported an alleged hazing over the Labor Day Weekend. Freshmen were reportedly forced to drink alcohol and run up a hill. FAMU police are investigating.
The anonymous police report says only that the incident happened on Jakes and Paterson Street.
The report came out on the same day FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson was beginning a series of anti hazing workshops. He told Boosters on Wednesday that the message must get out.
The point that Robinson wants to make is that we will take swift and decisive action.
“It is very disappointing, but at the same time there are a lot of students out there that have gotten the message,” said Interim President Dr. Robinson.
There were mixed reactions on campus. Some students didn’t want to talk about it at all.
Others called the alleged incident unforgivable.
“They didn’t learn so they deserve what happened to them. So, I guess other organizations will learn from this,” said Pharmacy Student Elizabeth Oyecora.
FAMU’s reputation for hazing became national news with the death of drum major Robert Champion last November. Colin Johnson chose to enroll this fall anyway.
“It’s like, sometimes certain individuals will make bad choices. But overall I still feel like FAMU is a good decent school to go to,” said Johnson.
The investigation may lead off campus and involve Tallahassee Police. Until resolved, the dance troupe will remain suspended.
Enrollment at FAMU this fall is down by 300 more students than expected. Financial aid restrictions and higher test score requirements are getting the most blame, but administrators will not dispute that the failure to end hazing is also playing a part in the decline.