Georgia school district suspends all marching bands due to 'inappropriate physical activity'

Georgia school district suspends all marching bands due to 'inappropriate physical activity'

December 14th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, photo, Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla. The band, which has a history of hazing, has been shut down until investigators find out more about how Champion died after the game. University President James Ammons said on Tuesday, Nov. 22, he suspended all performances and other activities out of respect for the family of Champion, 26, of Atlanta. The drum major was found unresponsive on a bus parked in front of an Orlando hotel Saturday night after the school's loss to annual rival Bethune-Cookman. Champion was vomiting and had complained he couldn't breathe before he collapsed. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Joseph Brown III)

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta-area school district is suspending all marching band activities over concerns of "inappropriate physical activity" between students.

The district began investigating after Robert Champion, a former band member at one of the district's schools, died last month in what is believed to be hazing at a Florida A&M University. Champion attended Southwest DeKalb High, whose band is suspended, along with another Florida A&M student who says she was beaten so severely she could barely walk.

Walter Woods, spokesman for the DeKalb County school district, said Wednesday they were looking at every high school after two incidents during band activities over the summer. He declined to say whether they were hazing.

He did say students were not injured enough to be treated at a hospital.