Texas Southern University has suspended its band after hearing, on Wednesday night, that its members were hazing one another, according to the Associated Press.
The university cancelled its appearance Thursday night against Sam Houston State and offered no clue regarding when it will return.
A university spokesperson cites excessive paddling among members of The Ocean of Soul's trumpet section.
A press release states,
In an effort to educate its students about the dangers of hazing, the university presented multiple training and informational sessions to band members and other student organizations. While it is not known at this time how many students were involved in this incident, it is believed to involve one section of the band.
Houston news station, Click2Houston.com said an investigation headed by TSU police is underway and will include interviews with the band's director, band staff and its members. Administrators overseeing the investigation include the school's spokesperson, the university's vice president of student services, human resources director, general counsel, TSU law enforcement and student compliance officers.
The action comes swiftly and in the wake of Florida A&M University's similar but deadly scandal. There, band members allegedly beat drum major Robert Champion to death in a ritual. Florida A&M band members face criminal charges, and Champion's family has filed a civil suit against the university.