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1st female drill sergeant leader suspended by Army

COLUMBIA | The Army has suspended the first woman to lead its drill sergeant school while it investigates an undisclosed personnel matter, the service said Thursday.

A spokesman for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command said Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King remains commandant of the school at Fort Jackson, near Columbia, but is suspended during an investigation.

Spokesman Harvey Perritt said he cannot disclose the reason for the suspension, which he described as a personnel matter.

Maj. King told the Associated Press on Thursday that she cannot talk about the matter. “I can’t speak about it,” the 50-year-old said. “I have to have you speak with the Army’s public affairs officers.”

Maj. King was named commandant at the school in 2009, which handles all training for the order-barking drill sergeants.


Governor: FAMU president should be suspended from job

TALLAHASSEE | Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he wants the president of Florida A&M University suspended amid multiple investigations spurred by the death of a drum major in a suspected case of hazing.

Mr. Scott, who just returned from a seven-day trip to Israel, called the chairman of the FAMU board on Thursday and asked him to suspend James Ammons immediately.

The board last week discussed suspending Mr. Ammons, but instead voted to publicly reprimand him. The board meets again Monday.

It was Mr. Scott who ordered Florida’s law enforcement agency to join an investigation into the death of Marching 100 band member Robert Champion. He died after an FAMU football game last month and hazing is suspected in his death.

State law enforcement officials earlier this week announced they have opened a second investigation into possible criminal violations dealing with the band’s finances.