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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.

Snippet from The Advocate: Follow link above for whole story.

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

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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