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Investigation into TSU hazing incident continues

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The game between Texas Southern University and Sam Houston State went as planned at BBVA Compass Stadium Thursday night.

But what was visibly absent was TSU's famed Ocean of Soul Band, which may sell just as many tickets as the team.

"I think that's terrible," freshman Dee Dee Chiedu said.  "TSU's Ocean of Soul, that's the pride of our football games.  Most people come out to see the band, so I'm really disappointed."

Just hours before the game, band members were told they were suspended indefinitely because of a hazing incident.  TSU says that incident is limited to only one section of the band and involves "excessive paddling among trumpet players."

"I think it's horrible," freshman Keira Haynes said.  "I really didn't expect that from our school and I still don't believe it happened, but it is what it is."

While it appears the hazed student did not suffer serious injuries that required going to a hospital, the timing couldn't be worse.  It was just a year ago when Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major for Florida A&M's Marching 100 Band, collapsed and died.  The 6'1", 235-pound man was beaten so badly, he had gone into fatal shock.  That hazing death clouded the band's future, bringing the university president's career to an end and left 11 band members facing felony hazing charges.

While the TSU incident may pale in comparison, it appears the university is taking no chances.

"From a student prospective, I think it's a very unfortunate incident," TSU graduate student and student body representative Jaun Sorto said.

Sorto praises the administration's quick response to the hazing incident and the message the suspension is sending.

"That this kind of event where you cause physical harm to another individual will not be tolerated," Sorto said.

Hazing is against the law in Texas.  In an effort to educate its students about the dangers of hazing, TSU said it has mandatory training sessions for band members as well as other student organizations.

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