Virginia State marching band suspended over hazing reports

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University has suspended its marching band over hazing allegations.

University spokeswoman Pamela Tolson tells reporters that the Trojan Explosion Marching Band’s performances are suspended pending an investigation by campus police and band leaders. Tolson says some of the allegations have been substantiated; She didn’t give further detail.

It’s unclear when the school first learned about the hazing allegations, though the marching band didn’t play Saturday when the school’s football team played against Shaw University.

A school statement says all school community members are expected to adhere to an anti-hazing policy, which says even the conspiracy to haze is prohibited. The statement says hazing may be considered a misdemeanor or felony.

WWBT-TV reports the suspension has some students concerned about the school’s Oct. 19 homecoming halftime show.

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