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DEKALB | Superintendent: Hazing probe 'almost at the end'

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The superintendent of DeKalb County's school system says the district is "almost at the end" of an investigation into high school marching band activities.  The investigation resulted in a suspension of normal marching band activities indefinitely.  Although the school system won't divulge the exact reason for the probe, parents are convinced it's about hazing.

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The investigation should conclude "fairly quickly.  We are almost at the end now," Dr. Atkinson said as she awaited the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Stone Mountain, where she was grand marshal.  

The suspension came on the heels of the death of Robert Champion, a southwest DeKalb alum who died in a Florida A&M marching band hazing incident.

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"There has to be a way to get rid of the hazing and keep the bands at the same time," said Madgie Reynolds, the mother of tenth grader Nicholas Reynolds.  He plays trombone for the Martin Luther King Jr. High School marching band.

She says the suspension of band activities has endangered her son's potential for a college scholarship.

"I would be very upset if it somehow interfered with him being able to get a scholarship to college," Reynolds said.

But she says hazing is unacceptable-- and is hoping DeKalb concludes its investigation in time to salvage the school year for its marching bands.