US Rep. Wilson says she'll offer anti-hazing bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill as soon as Congress returns from its holiday break next month.
The Miami Democrat says her proposal is designed to ensure no one endures a beating like one leading to the death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion last month. She announced her plans Tuesday.
Police say Champion was punched and paddled in a hazing ritual during the school's Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida Classic in Orlando.
Wilson says hazing is demeaning, dangerous and deadly and needs to be stopped.
The Marching 100 has been suspended from future activities and its director placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into Champion's death.