Hazing Incident Lands Southern University Band Members on ProbationSeptember 24th, 2009
Three former members of the Southern University Marching Band were given probation for their involvement in a hazing incident that placed two fellow band members in the hospital last fall.
According to reporting from the Clarion Star Ledger/Associated Press, Lagarian Bridgewater, 23, of Baton Rouge, Clifton Taylor, 21, of Baker, Mississippi and Carlo Carter, 20, of Stone Mountain, Ga, were all placed on active supervised probation for two years.
The hazing incident was part of a Nov. 25 initiation into the marching band’s unofficial French horn fraternity “Mellow Phi Fellow”. As part of the initiation one of the aspirants was hit more than 50 times with a paddle.
Four other defendants, Joseph Webb, 22, of Columbus, Ga., Jeremy Dixon, 23, of Natchez, Mississippi., Aubrey Harris Jr., 21, of Canton, Mississippi and Harvey Harrison, 20, of Atlanta are to be sentenced in by the end of the year.