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Orlando Sentinel: Prosecutor dismisses hazing charge against James R. Harris III in Bria Hunter case

A former member of the Florida A&M University marching band accused in the hazing of a female clarinet player last year has completed a diversion program offered by the State Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors dismissed the misdemeanor hazing charge against James R. Harris III, 23, on Aug. 1, according to court records in Tallahassee.

He was one of three band members charged in the hazing of Bria Hunter, a first-year band member treated at a hospital after being beaten during a meeting of the “Red Dawg Order,” a FAMU band subgroup from Georgia. Read about the other two defendants.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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