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On June 7, James Ammos was handed a no confidence vote by his FAMU board, amid swirling accusations about the hazing incident which took drum major Robert Champion’s life.
Champion died of blunt t****a during a hazing ritual on the university’s band bus.And since his d***h was ruled a homicide, it has resulted in a police investigation and the arrest of several FAMU students.
Eleven students face one count of third-degree felony hazing resulting in d***h. In addition, four students were expelled while 30 were dismissed from the Marching 100 band.
Also, the lawsuit brought by Champion’s parents alleges that the university didn’t do enough to stop hazing. From the Associated Press:
The parents of a Florida A&M University drum major who died after being hazed added the university to a wrongful d***h lawsuit Wednesday, claiming school officials failed to stop hazing in its famous marching band.
The lawsuit brought by Robert Champion’s parents claims Florida A&M University officials did not take action to stop hazing even though a school dean proposed suspending the band because of hazing concerns three days before their son died. School officials also allowed nonstudents to play in the band, fell short in enforcing anti-hazing policies and did not keep a close eye on band members to prevent hazing, the lawsuit said.
The university police chief recommended suspending the students for hazing shortly before Champion was killed, but no action was taken at the time. School officials “failed to properly supervise, train, discipline and control the FAMU Band,” the lawsuit read.
The family recently added the university to their wrongly d***h lawsuit, including the trustees and the president of FAMU.