FAMU band member beaten, 3 face charges

Florida A&M band member Bria Shante Hunter had tried to get out of going to a meeting. For that, authorities say, fellow band members subjected her to hazing rituals so severe she was left with a broken thigh.

Tallahassee police say that on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Hunter was beaten with fists and a metal ruler to initiate her into the “Red Dawg Order” — a band clique for students from Georgia.

Three Florida A&M band members were charged Monday in the beatings, which came about three weeks before drum major Robert Champion died during a band trip to Orlando, police said. Police say hazing also was involved in that death.