Ohio State Marching Band Director Fired For Hazing And Sexual Harassment In The Program…Band Members Gave Nicknames Like “Jewboobs” and “Twat Thumper” And Did “Flying 69s” On The Bus
Dispatch - Ohio State University has fired the director of its marching band and is expanding an internal investigation that uncovered a deep culture of sexual harassment among students that reportedly has existed for years.
The two-month investigation, triggered by the complaint of a parent, revealed a cascade of evidence that students routinely harassed one another –– often directed at new band members by older students –– and that director Jonathan Waters knew about it or should have known.
Waters, 38, was ousted from his post effective today, OSU President Michael V. Drake said.
Examples of abuse include an annual midnight band practice at Ohio Stadium in which men and women were expected to march wearing only their underwear. In one recent year, a student suffered alcohol poisoning at the practice. Students led the rehearsal, but staff members, including Waters, were there, too.
Some other traditions: All new band members, or “rookies,” were given nicknames, many of which were sexually explicit. Rookies were forced to perform “tricks” on command. In one case, a female student was told to imitate a sexual act on the laps of other band members, including her brother.
Several witnesses said that students performed a “flying 69” on tour buses, in which band members hung from the luggage racks and posed in a sexual position. Waters was on the bus when that happened as recently as last fall, according to a band staff member who quit last year.
The staff member told investigators she resigned from the band because Waters would not address alcohol abuse on that trip.
An “unofficial” songbook was part of the evidence that investigators provided to university leaders, with raunchy lyrics set to school songs at other colleges.
Waters knew about the nicknames and called at least one student by her sexual nickname. One female student said Waters ignored her complaints that she was uncomfortable changing in front of men on buses when the band traveled.
Should have known there was some funky shit going on with this marching band. No marching band gets this much fame and success without it going straight to their heads. Featured on Sportscenter, iPad commercials, all the college blogs. Only a matter of time before they were doing flying 69s on the tour bus and forcing Tits McGee to give Twinkle Dick lap dances. That’s just a common progression.
Seems like whatever they were doing was working too but, as is life, all it takes it one or two uptight narcs and the whole thing comes crashing down. Too much “alcohol abuse” on trips? Raunchy lyrics and sexual nicknames? They’re fucking college kids. Wake up. I’d be more concerned about an 18-22 year old if they were in a marching band and DIDN’T drink or party or crack jokes. Psycho city.