Ohio State University stands by the firing of Jonathan Waters, the marching band director ousted from his job after an investigation revealed a number of sexualized hazing incidents that the school faults him for not stopping.
A two-month investigation by the university uncovered traditions of students applying sexual and harassing nicknames to new band members and requiring them to simulate sex acts on Waters’ watch. Groping among undergraduates was also found.
In his first interview since the firing, Waters told The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that he wants his job back, saying he was fired based on a “very flawed, very inaccurate report.” He further argued for his job in appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday.
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