More Details Released About 'Red Dawg Order' at FAMU


"I didn't experience any type of hazing physically or mentally."

FAMU senior Joel McGuire says he was in the Marching 100 in 2008. He says while he never had any problems, he's not too surprised that three band members were arrested for hazing Monday.

"It's all about accountability. Somebody should be held accountable. That's the only way things are going to change."

Tallahassee Police say Sean Hobson, Aaron Golson, and James Harris beat 18-year-old band mate Bria Hunter so severely that she had blood clots in her legs, deep bone bruising and a cracked femur.

Our cameras were the only ones rolling when two of the three men were released on bond Tuesday.

"It definitely shouldn't be tolerated in my opinion," said Tallahassee resident Jonathan Bigelman.

Officers say the students are members of Red Dawg Order, a subgroup formed by students for band members who are from Georgia.

McGuire says there are several organizations, or "regional frats", within the band. Red Dawg Order is even registered as an incorporated company and has spread nationwide to colleges with large marching bands.

"It's not anything that you have to do," McGuire said. "They don't try to like put pressure on you, like 'oh you have to join this organization if your from this, or you have to join this organization if you're from that'. Its all a choice."

All three men are now free on bond.

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  • by swanzae Location: GA on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    It is a choice, just as joining any Greek organization. Mr. Champion's death is tragic, but he had been in the band long enough to realize they were hazing etc... He was a drum major someone looked upon as a leader. Why didn't he report what was going on?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    If it is your choice to be beat unmercifully, then you need a psychiatrist. That girl that had a cracked femur and blood clots in her legs must have suffered extremely. Didn't she try to fight back or cry out for help or tell them to stop ? It looks like she would have let them beat her to death, just to join some sort of a fraternity or club.
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