Apr 13, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Members of the Ohio State Buckeyes spring band grab a snack during the second half of the Ohio State Buckeyes spring game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Scarlet team won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Marching Band Director Jonathan Waters fired over sexual harassment claim

As football season rapidly approaches, there is some rather unsettling news to report as Ohio State Marching Band Director Jonathan Waters was removed from his position on Thursday following claims of sexual harassment, among others.

Waters has only been in charge of the Buckeyes’ marching band since 2012, although he will surely not be back manning that position anytime soon.

According to the Associated Press, the probe began after a complaint from a parent.

The probe was prompted by the complaint of a parent, who said members must swear secrecy oaths “about objectionable traditions and customs,” including members marching across the field in their underwear under the supervision of band directors and staff. One female student said more senior members of the band warn new members about the event, and advise them to wear items that provide “fuller coverage.”

Assistant Director Michael Smith said he’d witnessed the underwear march — though some wear pajamas or shorts while others go completely naked, according to witnesses — and said he didn’t believe what he’d seen. An associate band director, Christopher Hech, said he recalled a student having alcohol poisoning at the event some years ago.

Truly astonishing claims in there, and if true, Waters deserved to be removed from the university, as well as whatever further punishment comes his way.

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