45 JSU band members suspended; may face expulsion, charges

At least 45 members of Jackson State University’s famed marching band may face expulsion and criminal charges after being accused of hazing underclassmen.

The students – all members of the Sonic Boom of the South’s percussion section – have been suspended from the band indefinitely, pending the outcome of a judicial hearing on campus next week.

In addition to charges of hazing and failure to comply with university policies, the students also will face charges of assault and battery at the campus hearing, JSU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life Marcus Chanay said.

One of the 22 alleged victims suffered a fractured shoulder. All were freshmen band members.

The judicial hearing could result in anything from one semester suspension from school to a permanent expulsion, Chanay said.

The allegations stem from an off-campus event, so the case also has been handed over to the Jackson Police Department for further review and possible criminal charges.

JPD spokesman Lee Vance could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Full story.


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