Southern University students get probation in marching band hazing

Two East Baton Rouge Parish men and a Georgia man landed on probation Tuesday for their roles in a hazing incident that sent two Southern University marching band members to the hospital before the 2008 Bayou Classic.

Another Georgia man pleaded no contest in the case.

Lagarian Bridgewater, 23, of Baton Rouge, said he is back at Southern but no longer a member of the band, and Clifton Taylor, 21, of Baker, said he hopes to return to Southern in January.

State District Judge Chip Moore on Tuesday put Bridgewater, Taylor and Carlo Carter, 20, of Stone Mountain, Ga., on active supervised probation for two years.

Carter said he is going to school in Georgia.

The three men, who previously pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing and criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree battery, were among seven former Southern band members arrested in the case. Full story.


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