Such a tragic, sad, harsh reality for many college students. Fueled by desires to belong, many young people join organizations and go through hazing rituals that, from time to time, ultimately lead to their death. Such was the case at FAMU two months ago. Monday, the FAMU Board of Trustees approved a plan to “battle”–though I’m not so sure it will accomplish what it sets out to do–hazing on college campus. As CNN reports:
The strategy, devised by the public relations firm hired by FAMU in December, Dan Klores Communications, includes creating a memorial on campus for [the deceased drum major], setting up a scholarship in the his name and organizing an independent blue-ribbon panel of experts to examine hazing.
The circumstances surrounding the young man’s death are still being investigated, but CNN reports the following:
Some band members have said Champion died after taking part in a rite of passage called “crossing Bus C.” One member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that “students walk from the front of the bus to the back of the bus backward while the bus is full of other band members, and you get beaten until you get to the back.”
I’m grateful the Board of Trustees is taking this incident seriously, but it looks like the measures taken are reactionary rather than preventative (evidenced by one board member’s vote against the plan, citing its shortsightedness). My prayer is that these schools are more proactive in dealing with hazing on college campuses. Won’t you join me in that prayer?