Document: Official sought band's suspension before FAMU hazing death
Florida A&M University student and band member Robert Champion, 26, died November 19.
July 6th, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Document: Official sought band's suspension before FAMU hazing death

A document released by Florida A&M University on Friday reveals the campus police chief recommended the suspension of the school's marching band three days before the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Thirteen people have been charged in connection with the death of Champion, 26, who was badly beaten during last year's incident on a band bus after a football game in Orlando.

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  1. krozar

    He would have killed himself after graduating and realizing companies don't hire many drummers.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Josh

    My highschool band director was an alumnus of FAMU and the kind of culture that resulted in this person's death is the same reason I quit marching band. I endured only one day of shouting and "death marching" my legs until they bled and I quit. There's not need to bleed for music.

    Clean it up, FAMU.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Good for you... saved by personal awareness.

      July 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mitch

    Prosecute these 13 murderers.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Polarb33r

    Some people need to grow up. Maybe jail will help them.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    One week after moving into his first apartment, Ed called his mother to complain about his neighbors: "One woman cries all day, another lies in bed moaning, and then there's this guy that keeps banging his head against the wall."
    "You better keep away from them," she said.
    "I do. I stay inside all day playing my tuba."

    July 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Bet Ed's mother was glad to see him go...lol.

      July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I keep envisionine Neiedermyer in his robe with his ghastly grin...

    July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      "Thank you sir, may I please have another?"

      July 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    They should have done away with this practice long ago!

    July 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Dalloway

    Across the board this practice has to be banned.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Truth is, I'm not sure we can really expect a lot from these folks involved in this incident or from this school either! Banning the hazing and prosecuting is not the solution really, but it will make peopkle feel like they're doing the right thing.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Banning the hazing and prosecuting those who are involved is a start...to do nothing is tacit approval.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bigdaddy walt

    Hazing should be a reason for expulsion from any college campus for those involved, and possibly an arrest warrant should be issued to the offenders. College students want to be treated as adults but act as if they are still in elementary school. They need to grow up. Stop the BS wannabe playas!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Atompkins

    It's sorry a grown man would let someone whip him like that just to be part of a band sound like a street gang beat in

    July 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hollywood

    Prison sounds like a new college career for the lot of them.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Portland tony

    FAMU's marching band is to that school, the same thing as a nationality ranked football team is to other colleges. So the band was more or less exempt from any sodt of moral codes as long as it was still recognized as one of the better marching bands in the nation! Granted, they were a top notched group. To bad the inmates took over the asylum.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey!

      Yeah, too bad they thought they were football players instead of band members...

      July 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Faith Delorise Conner

    Sad incident i hope the ones responsible are held accountable

    July 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chuk

    Remedy is to put these kids, I mean thugs, in jail!

    July 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |