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FAMU grad convicted in 2006 in hazing scandal plans return to campus to speak about his case


TALLAHASSEE, Florida — One of the first people sentenced under Florida's tougher 2005 hazing law is embarking on a speaking tour to address college students during National Hazing Prevention Week.

Michael Morton, 32, and a fraternity brother at Florida A&M University were sentenced to two years in prison in 2006 after an initiation beating left a pledge needing surgery for a damaged eardrum.

Morton will speak next week in Chicago and New Orleans. Later this semester, Morton will speak at FAMU.

The 2005 law also applied in the 2011 death of a FAMU drum major hazed by fellow band members.

Morton tells The Tallahassee Democrat ( ) that he was disappointed that Florida's penalties for hazing weren't more of a deterrent to FAMU students, just six years after his own hazing scandal.

Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat,

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