TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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 (http://on.tdo.com/1QMKK2y ) 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.