During Clark Atlanta University’s football game on Saturday night, a high school marching band was called in to take the place of the university’s own band following allegations that an unknown number of band members were involved in a hazing incident.
In their stead, the Benjamin E. Mays High School played during the halftime show of the Clark Atlanta University home game. The school is still investigating the allegations, but for now the Marching Mighty Panthers band has been put on temporary suspension.
The university didn’t say where the alleged hazing incident took place, who was involved, or whether or not a police investigation into the matter is underway.
“Even the possibility of hazing is unacceptable under any circumstance,” the university said in a statement.
“Ideally, the allegations will prove untrue and the band can return to its planned schedule of performances as quickly as possible,” the school said. “However, regardless of the findings, Clark Atlanta is prepared to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure a safe, healthy, nonthreatening experience for our student musicians.”
In light of the tragic hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major last November, colleges and universities across the nation have begun taken reports of hazing much more seriously. School officials urge students to come forward with any information related to possible hazing incidents.
Clark Atlanta University did not say when, if at all this season, their marching band will be allowed to perform again.