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      Deputies investigate hazing at FMU

      Update: Court records show charges were dismissed against Maurice Robinson on June 20, 2014 in this incident. The Florence County Sheriff's Office is investigating an allegation of hazing involving a fraternity at Francis Marion University.

      Deputies say a student was beaten with a paddle so badly he was hospitalized for eight days. Deputies say his kidneys were damaged and he's now on dialysis.

      The beating happened on Rosemount Drive, off campus, on October 23. The warrant says the victim was pledging Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at the time.

      University officials say nine people were involved in the beating, including three who are students. The three students have been suspended.

      Maurice Robinson, Kevin Cooper, Henry Watson, Miles Norton, Marcus Raven, Nicholas Washington, Jatravian Brown, Chappelle Smith and Uribe Norton are each charged with one count of hazing. They turned themselves in Thursday morning. Judge Belinda Timmons gave them each a personal recognizance bond.

      Officials at Florence School District One say Robinson is a science teacher at South Florence High School. His booking report shows his address as the same address where deputies say the hazing happened.

      Deputies say all the suspects are members of the fraternity.

      The national organization suspended the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter at FMU.