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    FAMU Hazing incident

    By Nicole Bardo-Colon
    Black College Wire

    Five Florida A&M students, all members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., have been charged with hazing a student who said he was beaten so badly with canes that he has not recovered more than six weeks later.


    MORE ON HAZING

    "Hit So Hard That the Solid Wooden Canes Were Breaking"

    The Leon County Sheriff's Office arrested the five on April 10 in Florida's first arrests on such charges since a June 2005 law made hazing a third-degree felony when it causes serious bodily injury.


    Michael Morton

    The five are Michael Morton, Brian Bowman, Marcus Hughes, Cory Gray and Jason Harris. If convicted, they could be sentenced for up to five years in prison and given a $5,000 fine. They were released on $3,500 bond each.

    The five were in charge of what the fraternity calls the initiates.

    The complaining student is Marcus Jones, a 20-year-old sophomore environmental science student from Decatur, Ga.


    Brian Bowman

    Jones' father, Mark Jones, a master sergeant in the Army, reported on March 8 that his son was beaten multiple times by members of the fraternity and underwent surgery as a result. The student "lost over a half pint of blood, has huge blisters on his right buttock, has a drainage tube in his right buttock and required 25 stitches," according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Leon County Sheriff's Department.

    County Sheriff Larry Campbell said at an April 11 news conference, "We want these young men to know that this is not a game that is being played."


    Marcus Hughes

    The sheriff's office held the news conference with the FAMU Police Department.

    According to the 2005 statute, "A person commits hazing, a third degree felony, when he or she intentionally or recklessly commits any act of hazing . . . and the hazing results in serious bodily injury or death of such other person."

    Consent of the victim is not a defense, it says.

    Arrested were:


    Cory Gray



    Michael Morton, 23, a business student and former FAMU senate president. He was the leader of the five, according to Det. Brice Google, lead detective in the investigation.


    Brian Bowman, a marketing and psychology student from East Oakland, Calif.


    Marcus Hughes, a 20-year-old education administration student from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Jason Harris



    Cory Gray, a 22-year-old economics and business administration student from Montgomery, Ala., and current president of the National Pan-Hellenic council at FAMU.


    Jason Harris, a 25-year-old pharmacy and business administration student from Tallahassee, Fla.


    The students were immediately suspended once charges were filed, pending the outcome of the criminal hearing, FAMU Chief of Police Calvin Ross said. The Kappas' Alpha Xi chapter had already been suspended.

    Ross added, "We look at these kids academically and we see bright kids that made stupid decisions."

    Twenty-six people were subpoenaed and more arrests are anticipated. Google said he was looking into whether students perjured themselves in testimony under oath to the state's attorney.

    In the probable cause affidavit, Google said he interviewed several pledges who confirmed the hazing.

    Google said Antonio Carrion, one of the pledges, "stated the following: all the pledges blindfolded themselves with maxi pads and stockings, they met [in] an old abandoned warehouse, the line participated in several rituals (calls and responses) with the Kappas, the line did get hit with canes and each person got three licks each time it was their turn to get hit, there were two nights of preliminaries and two nights of official meetings where the pledges were hazed and hit with canes."

    He said the Kappas involved went by nicknames: Big Daddy Go 4 Play, Daddy Swagger, Daddy Knowledge, Daddy Prototype, Daddy Young Buck and Godfather X.

    Most of the detective's summary was devoted to Jones' description of the events.

    "While they were whispering all these statements in his ears, several of the Kappas kept slapping him in his face, so much that he had a black eye and severe pain in his ear when he left that first night," the summary said.

    "Marcus explained that at times, people were getting hit so hard that the solid wooden canes were breaking. The Kappas would pick up the broken parts of the canes and tape them together making an even thicker cane and then began hitting them with that one. Marcus stated that after a while of the Kappas taping broken pieces of canes together, one of them (the canes) would be as thick as if not thicker than a bat."

    Bill Waters, attorney for Waters & Wolk and legal counsel for the five students, said, "It is our position that the threshold for probable cause is very low.

    "The truth will come out that these five gentlemen were wrongly accused," Waters said, adding that his clients were not interviewed and that their side of the story has not been heard.

    The students themselves have chosen not to comment.

    Google said he spoke with the victim's father before the news conference.

    "He is pleased with the outcome thus far. He expresses his appreciation for the FAMU Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office," Google said. "His son is still recovering, but he is not out of the woods just yet. He is going to have to have another surgery. He still has a ruptured ear drum that has to be repaired."
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    get in the cut for posting this

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    damn fuckin shame. i actually thought they were white...all but marcus.and i had to jus bawl out "oh goood" when i see they were black.

    a frat should continue to stand for improving the communities surrounding their chapters, building awarness and helping others. not this tom-foolery these jackasses partaking in. the stats of brothers goin to college decreasin so much, is a shame to say that these 5 who were tryin to do somethin wit dey life still end up in de same place many end up. locked up.

    i wish them all the best, and i hope other frats learn a thing or two from them, both black and white. friggin hazin shit is sooo disgusting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkie
    damn fuckin shame. i actually thought they were white...all but marcus.and i had to jus bawl out "oh goood" when i see they were black.

    a frat should continue to stand for improving the communities surrounding their chapters, building awarness and helping others. not this tom-foolery these jackasses partaking in. the stats of brothers goin to college decreasin so much, is a shame to say that these 5 who were tryin to do somethin wit dey life still end up in de same place many end up. locked up.
    i wish them all the best, and i hope other frats learn a thing or two from them, both black and white. friggin hazin shit is sooo disgusting!
    I totally agree with that.

    I just cannot come to grips with that concept of accepting licks to join a society. One frat guy told me a few months ago that he had got 161 strokes on his ass with an oar. The paddle of the oar had about 4 layers of quaters all around and duct taped. It was pretty heavy. While he was being beaten he had to recite something. By the time they were done with him, his ass was swollen and bleeding. He couldn't go to class a whole week due to that. And that's one of the good stories. One died about 2yrs ago because his asthma medication was hidden from him during hazing.
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    Funny Sharkie I saw FAMU and expected them to be black..

    Unfortunate that 5 black men that were trying to educate themselves may be going to jail

    Of course I empathize with the victim too...they need to know their limits, I mean that's just excessive.

    Even when I see them on campus hopping and jumping bareback when I see the brand on their forearms or chest I just get so disgusted and upset

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj
    Funny Sharkie I saw FAMU and expected them to be black..

    Unfortunate that 5 black men that were trying to educate themselves may be going to jail

    Of course I empathize with the victim too...they need to know their limits, I mean that's just excessive.

    Even when I see them on campus hopping and jumping bareback when I see the brand on their forearms or chest I just get so disgusted and upset

    Voluntarily branding yourself in this day and age
    you mean as in burn? cyah get rid of dat shittin slave mentality.

    i not familiar wit south schools like that, is FAMU pre-dominantly black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val
    I totally agree with that.

    I just cannot come to grips with that concept of accepting licks to join a society. One frat guy told me a few months ago that he had got 161 strokes on his ass with an oar. The paddle of the oar had about 4 layers of quaters all around and duct taped. It was pretty heavy. While he was being beaten he had to recite something. By the time they were done with him, his ass was swollen and bleeding. He couldn't go to class a whole week due to that. And that's one of the good stories. One died about 2yrs ago because his asthma medication was hidden from him during hazing.
    lol, yuh friend not supposed to disclose that info eh


    but it is still STUPID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val
    I totally agree with that.

    I just cannot come to grips with that concept of accepting licks to join a society. One frat guy told me a few months ago that he had got 161 strokes on his ass with an oar. The paddle of the oar had about 4 layers of quaters all around and duct taped. It was pretty heavy. While he was being beaten he had to recite something. By the time they were done with him, his ass was swollen and bleeding. He couldn't go to class a whole week due to that. And that's one of the good stories. One died about 2yrs ago because his asthma medication was hidden from him during hazing.
    Maybe dats dih story he used to explain why his ass was bleeding...

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