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Florida A&M University was in turmoil recently when Georgia native Robert Champion died in a band-related hazing ritual.

Champion's death has been ruled a homicide, but no arrests have been made in the case.

FAMU has eliminated some students from the campus. Seven FAMU band members have been arrested for hazing other students

While not fatal, another instance of hazing at FAMU injured a female band member so badly that her thigh was broken. We say this sort of initiation goes way over the line of what's reasonable, and is criminal activity.

State Representative Joe Wilkinson introduced a bill that would ban any student convicted of hazing from enrolling in Georgia's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, even if the incident happened in another state.

It would also add athletic teams to the list of organizations covered under the law.

Experts say Georgia and many other states have anti-hazing laws, but we wonder if they're tough enough.

We believe there are non-violent ways that organizations can have their members earn a spot.

When bones are broken and lives are lost, the message is clear that things are out of hand.

 

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