DeKalb County Schools has lifted a ban on marching band activities that it instituted in December in the wake of the hazing death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, a Southwest DeKalb High School graduate.
In making the announcement, DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said the school district will continue to look into reports of inappropriate behavior in marching bands. The investigation is focused on activities of adults in charge of marching band programs.
DeKalb County’s investigation began after two alleged hazing incidents at FAMU involving marching band students who had attended DeKalb Schools, including Champion.
Parents and students were alarmed when the suspension was announced and worried that the action could lead to fewer scholarship opportunities.