Family: Disband FAMU Marching Band to Halt Hazing

Family: Disband FAMU Marching Band to Halt Hazing

The family of the Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion who died in a hazing incident says the school should disband the famed marching band.

Published May 3, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — The family of the Florida A&M University drum major who died in a hazing incident says the school should disband the famed marching band.

Pam Champion, the mother of Robert Champion, said Thursday that the only way to halt hazing in the program is to disband the marching band until further notice.

Pam Champion says "You've got to clean house. That's the only thing."

Her comment come a day after 13 people were charged in Robert Champion's death. Eleven were charged with felony hazing, while two others face misdemeanor counts.

Champion's death revealed a culture of hazing at the historically black college in Tallahassee, particularly in its celebrated marching band.

FAMU has suspended the marching band and set up a task force on curtailing hazing.

 

 

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(Photo: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT/Landov)

Written by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

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