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Fired OSU Band Director fighting for his job

The OSU Marching Band is considered one of the best in the nation. (Source: MGN Online) The OSU Marching Band is considered one of the best in the nation. (Source: MGN Online)
COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) -

Jonathan Waters, the former band director of the Ohio State University Marching Band, is working to get his job back. 

Waters claims he was trying to stop the sexual harassment culture in the band, not support it. 

"It's difficult to see something and someone that you respect so highly really dragged through the mud by a report that really seems biased," said former band member Alexandra Clark. 

Clark is supporting Waters, who was fired last week after being accused of knowing about a sexual culture within the band and doing nothing to stop it.

"I did not feel like I was being sexually harassed. I did not feel as though I was part of a culture that was sexualizing me and objectifying me," said Clark. 

Waters attorney released a seven page document that Waters had prepared when the University started looking into allegations of sexual harassment in the band. 

In the document, Waters said when he took over the band, the culture needed to change. He also said the band staff had started putting pressure on making lasting changes in the band. 

However, according to the investigation, there were incidents of a "midnight ramp" where band members marched in their underwear. Also, there were reports of sexually explicit nicknames given to rookie band members and other tricks. 

"I don't understand how the University can blame everything on him without looking at their own issues first," said Clark. 

The online petition demanding Waters reinstatement is growing, with more than 8,000 signatures. 

OSU's President is requesting that a special task force conduct a full review. 

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