A member of the Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats has disclosed his personal story of band hazing and resulting injury in an interview with the Palm Beach Post. He, like recent accusations tied to the hazing scandal at Florida A&M, says that hazing must be accepted in the place of being cast out by fellow band mates.
“You feel like if you don’t participate, you know, you’re going to be that only one,” said (Christopher) King, 18, who plays the baritone horn. “You’re worried about reputation, and you’re worried about what people are going to think about you.”
He described how more-experienced members of the famed Marching Wildcats hazed and ridiculed the freshman members after band practice on some evenings.