ETTRICK, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia State University marching band is currently being investigated after recent hazing allegations.
The university issued this statement Monday morning on the allegations:
The VSU Police is investigating hazing allegations involving members of the Trojan Explosion Marching Band, some of which have been substantiated. As a result, the Trojan Explosion Marching Band leadership has recommended the suspension of all band performances pending completion of the investigation by the VSU Police and the band leadership. The University administration is in agreement with the band leadership’s decision.
The school says that it takes all allegations “very seriously and has a zero tolerance against hazing.”
VSU says entire University community is expected to follow the university’s anti-hazing policy in the student handbook. VSU also conducts mandatory anti-hazing training for students and advisors. The policy clearly states “every form of hazing to include conspiracy to haze is prohibited. Commission of hazing can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. Participation in hazing may result in both individual and organizational disciplinary action.”
Students and athletes say they first noticed the band was absent during a recent football game against Shaw University.
“Two days ago, it was just quiet. Just football, kind of like practice,” sophomore Seth Dobbs said. “[Students] want to know why the band is suspended - what they did. We really don’t know much about it."
VSU’s homecoming is on Oct. 19, and on social media, the community is concerned about the homecoming halftime show with the band.
“You hear the band in the morning, you hear the band in the nighttime, you just always hear the band," sophomore Charles Jackson-Hicks said. “I don’t know how homecoming is going to be without the band.”
The Trojan Explosion Marching band was hoping to garner enough online votes to be able to participate in the Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, and and as of Monday evening, they were still listed on the website.
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