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Southern band episode ends with hazing essays

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Story: Judge gives marching orders to seven involved in hazing incident.

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The seventh and final defendant in a November hazing incident involving the Southern University marching band pleaded no contest Thursday and was put on probation.

Aubrey Harris Jr., 21, of Canton, Miss., entered his plea in Baton Rouge state court before District Judge Chip Moore.

Harris was the seventh former Southern marching band member to plead no contest in the case.

He was placed on active supervised probation for two years.

The others were Lagarian Bridgewater, 23, of Baton Rouge; Clifton Taylor, 21, of Baker; Jeremy Dixon, 23, of Natchez, Miss.; Harvey Harrison, 20; of Atlanta; Carlo-Andres Carter, 20, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; and Joseph Webb, 22, of Columbus, Ga.

Those six have received or will receive the same sentence, which includes performing 100 hours of community service, writing a 500-word essay on the dangers of hazing and penning a 500-word report on a hazing death.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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