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A & M fraternities suspended after fight

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Two Alabama A&M University fraternities have been suspended in the wake of a fight during a campus event attended by some 1,200 students.

A plastic bottle tossed as part of a fraternity skit hit a spectator Thursday night, starting a fight.

No one was seriously injured.

Campus police called Huntsville police to help handle the incident.

Kappa Alpha Psi and Phi
Beta Sigma fraternities have been suspended until August 2008.

A&M Police Chief Michael Walker said a fight broke out during an event involving the two fraternities.

A&M President Robert Jennings not only suspended the fraternities until August 2008 but delayed a “step show” performance that had sold 1,500 advanced tickets.

“We have to send a powerful message to our students that this type of situation will absolutely not be tolerated,” Jennings said in a statement. “This is not only a disgrace to this campus, but it is a sign of outright disrespect to the noble organizations these young men claim to represent.”

Jennings will meet Tuesday with all fraternity and sorority members to discuss what the university expects from them.

Students who attended the Thursday night event have said the incident was overblown by authorities.

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