Thirteen Texas State students reported to jail over the weekend after campus police charged them with hazing. All are members of the Bobcat Marching Band. They are accused of hosting an alcohol-filled initiation where some people got sick.
They are suspended as the campus investigation takes place. The criminal investigation is over.
In all 13 upperclassmen members of the Bobcat Marching Band Drum Line have been charged with hazing which is a class B misdemeanor. Two got additional charges of providing alcohol to minors. One got an additional charge for false report to a peace officer. That is the highest offense, a class a misdemeanor.
According to an arrest warrant, first year rookie drum line members were told to meet at a parking garage on campus on August 31. Police say the participants, all under 21, were then blindfolded and driven to an off campus apartment. There, officers say the upper classmen forced the rookies to get on the ground on their hands and knees with their heads in the crotches of upper classmen who were seated on chairs. In addition, the warrant states the rookies were given alcohol. Some drank to the point of throwing up.
"We feel very sad that we have to deal with this scenario because we do try very hard to not have it happen, but we do take it seriously when it occurs we do what we need to do to discipline people involved in it," said Texas State University Joanne Smith Ph. D.
Those arrested, which include Cesar Gonzales, Louis Ramos, Markus Bonilla, John Corbitt, Caleb Garza, Nathan Donahue, Daniel Burow, Austin Baker, Jeremy Gonzalez, Louie Pereira, Brian Lindsey, John Edds-Galindo, Miguel Perez are on temporary suspension from the band.
Campus based punishment could result in anything from community service to expulsion.