The Florida A&M marching band is under scrutiny again as students recently told police that some of the hazing that occurred in early 2010 went on in the home of a professor and faculty members were present. This type of hazing led to the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion in November. Because the statue of limitations has passed for these new findings, no charges can be filed against Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity.
The university is now conducting legal and administrative reviews to find out which faculty members were involved. According to Tallahassee police, band director Julian White brought this to their attention a few days after Champion died but did not have specifics on who was involved. The two faculty members that are suspects — Diron Holloway, the band's director of saxophones admits that the hazing occurred in his home and Anthony Simons, an assistant professor of music — declined to comment. In a case of major denial, secrecy, and cover ups, it’s been hard to get a straight answer from anyone involved in the band or the pledge process. So far, no arrests have been made in Champion’s homicide case.
What is it about this fraternity that makes secrecy more important than finding justice? Is everyone afraid to talk because they don’t want to be held liable for Champion’s death?