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Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity looks into Florida A & M band initiation & member death

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National band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi plans to conduct its own investigation into a reported hazing incident involving pledges to its Florida A&M chapter this past spring.

The fraternity’s national executive director, Alan L. Bonner, said his organization learned of the hazing allegation involving FAMU’s Delta Iota chapter through a Tallahassee Democrat article published Saturday. A statement posted Monday on the fraternity’s website said that no FAMU official so far had notified the national organization about the report.

“We are glad we are aware of it, so we can take appropriate action,” Bonner said in a telephone interview from the organization’s Stillwater, Okla., headquarters. “We plan to do our own investigation.”

The fraternity put its Florida A&M chapter on investigative hold Dec. 1 following the hazing-related death Nov. 19 of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion.


By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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