FAMU Faults Champion In His Hazing Death

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Florida A&M University is not responsible for drum major Robert Champion's hazing death, according to a court document filed Monday night. Champion himself is. In a 23-page motion seeking dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Champion's family in Orange County circuit court, FAMU's attorneys laid out a blunt response: Champion was a 26-year-old leader in FAMU's famous marching band who knew the dangers of hazing. He had signed an anti-hazing pledge with the university months before he was beaten aboard a charter bus in Orlando last fall.

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