Mosley High Band Members Suspended After Alleged Hazing

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email
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LYNN HAVEN - A handful of Mosley High School upperclassmen won't be marching with the band at Tommy Oliver stadium during Friday's football game with West Florida.

They're sitting at home, suspended from school. Mosley administrators say they called freshmen members of the drum line into a hallway Tuesday afternoon, for a hazing ritual.

They allegedly turned off the lights, then threw drum sticks and drum mallets at the freshmen. Parents called Mosley's band director that night, who passed it on to principal Sandy Harrison.

"You know, teenagers, they do stupid stuff. They don't think through the consequences. It could have resulted in some very harsh injuries. Thankfully it didn't. No one was very injured," said Mosley High School Principal, Sandy Harrison.

One of the alleged hazing victims' fathers, who wants to remain anonymous, says he could tell something was wrong with his child.

"I approached my son and asked him what happened. He then lied and said nothing. After a little bit of communication with my children, which I communicate with on a daily basis, I then got the truth," said the anonymous parent.

The suspected band members are serving suspensions ranging from three to ten days.

"Would venture to say that an incident like this won't happen again and we've hopefully sent a very strong message to our entire band and the student body that it's not tolerated," said Harrison.

"I just want what I grew up with a safe environment. We give the school board our children and trust that their safety and education is in the utmost respect," said the anonymous parent.

Administrators addressed the entire band about the incident Thursday, and say it will go into the permanent files of the disciplined students.


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