Student Government Takes Action to End Hazing at FAMU

After the death of drum major Robert Champion, campus leaders urge members of school community to sign a pledge against violent initiation rites.

Posted: 12/05/2011 04:30 PM EST

The drama surrounding the death of a Florida A&M’s drum major continues to unfold, and student leaders are taking precautions to make sure something similar never happens again.


Student government leaders at the Tallahassee campus organized a rally Monday evening to gather support against hazing. At the event students will be asked to sign an “anti-hazing” pledge that they never will take part in such violent activities. The leaders hope that the rally will be the first step to eliminating hazing at the school.


Last month in Orlando, 26-year-old Robert Champion, a drum major for the historically Black college’s famed marching band, the Marching 100, died only hours after performing at the annual Florida Classic football game.


On Thursday, the same day new audio evidence emerged showing that the drum major had vomit in his mouth moments before he died, the University announced that it dismissed four students for their role in Champion’s death.


FAMU's band director, Julian White was also fired in response to Champion’s death, but he is currently fighting to keep his job of 13 years in which he says he promoted an anti-hazing policy.


The band is also currently under investigation and all band performances have been suspended until further notice.


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