MSU band director investigated for sexual harrassment

Submitted by FabFiver5 on February 9th, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Boy, when it rains, it pours. 

"Pics of your dress are required … Discreetly of course,” John T. Madden, the director of the Spartan Marching Band, wrote in a text message to an MSU student on Feb. 20, 2016 at about 10:42 p.m. This information was found in documents obtained by The State News. The documents were given to The State News from a victim of sexual harassment. 




February 9th, 2017 at 8:22 PM ^

I have a feeling all this is related to the doctor scandal. They know a shit storm of bad publicity and scrutiny are headed their way and want to get in front of it. If they catch even a whiff of something that could be sexual assault, they're going to take it seriously so they don't look like they have a culture of letting stuff slide. 


February 10th, 2017 at 12:01 AM ^

When "send me pictures of a dress" can get you fired, people back then would have never stood a chance.

I used to work in a 24 hour diner in the late '70s . . . the stuff that passed for "normal" day-to-day interaction that passed without any comments, would singe your ears today.

Every single manager would have been fired within one day.



February 9th, 2017 at 7:41 PM ^

Back in the 70s at John Glenn HS in Westland, I was in the marching band.  One day as we were rehearsing in the band room, in walks a parent who points to the band director and says, "Outside...NOW!"  The band director walked out... and never returned!  A few days later we found out he had been fired for having knocked up the first chair clarinet player.


February 9th, 2017 at 7:49 PM ^

This is why I hate that the term sexual assault covers such a wide spectrum. It's all wrong, but there's a huge difference between this and forcible rape.

So this band guy asked for a picture of an adult, 22 year old college senior in her dress, she sent him requested pic, then he texts back to apologize because it was an innappropriate request. Band guy gets suspended.

Sure it's creepy as hell and highly innappropriate, but I'll wait for anymore facts to come out before making further judgement