FAMU hazing: Stories about the death of Florida A&M band member Robert Champion
9:09 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz on Friday called for a joint legislative review of issues uncovered by the Orlando Sentinel since the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion last fall.
7:36 PM EST, December 28, 2012
FAMU lacked the internal controls needed to identify and fight hazing before the beating death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando a year ago, according to a long-awaited investigative report released Friday afternoon.
8:10 PM EDT, September 22, 2012
Even with all of the outrage and demands for change set off by the hazing death of Robert Champion, I can't help but feel we've seen this movie before.
9:02 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
Three days before the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, the university's dean of students urged top administrators to impose a long-term suspension of the school's famous marching band because of concerns about hazing.
9:13 AM EST, November 30, 2011
Family members of a Florida A&M University marching band member who died in Orlando following a suspected hazing attack announced a lawsuit against the university during a news conference Monday in Atlanta.
3:00 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
The culture of hazing is so embedded in the fabric of the Florida A&M Marching 100, investigative records show, that the band adopted a language known not just by current and former band members, but even kids in high school aspiring to join the famous ensemble.
10:03 PM EST, February 11, 2012
Neighbors along a certain suburban-Atlanta street could see him from their windows: a tall, skinny boy in gym shorts and T-shirt, a towel around his shoulders like a cape, a broomstick in hand, marching up and down his driveway.
8:43 PM EST, February 17, 2012
Former Florida A&M University student Bria Hunter complained to a member of the Marching 100's staff about being hazed and beaten by band members just days before another attack left her with a broken leg and weeks before the killing of drum major Robert Champion, according to campus-police documents.
4:21 PM EST, February 9, 2012
TALLAHASSEE — Seven experts, including a former judge, two college professors and a former president of the National Association of Black Psychologists, have been appointed to a committee charged with helping Florida A&M University figure out how to banish hazing from its campus.
12:33 AM EST, December 2, 2011
Robert Champion vomited, stopped breathing and was cold to the touch moments before he was taken to the hospital where he died following a suspected hazing attack, according to 911 audio released Thursday.
8:11 AM EST, November 22, 2011
Bethune Cookman University President Trudie Kibbe and band director Donovan Wells apologized to the family of deceased Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion for a comment made during the halftime show Saturday at the 32nd annual Florida Classic.
3:08 PM EST, December 4, 2011
A sense of shock has followed the death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion. Shock that the 26-year-old collapsed soon after leading FAMU's famed Marching 100 band during the Nov. 19 Florida Classic football game. Shock that hazing within the band's own ranks may have caused his death. And shock that hazing could be part of a marching band.
5:57 PM EST, December 14, 2011
Florida A&M University student Bria Hunter is giving up a full scholarship and leaving the school after being beaten in what police describe as a brutal hazing ritual.
5:29 PM EST, February 5, 2012
It's 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, 2011. A thunderstorm is passing through Tallahassee as 350 members of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 assemble for the first time inside the school's cavernous band-rehearsal hall.
5:22 PM EST, December 7, 2011
The four Florida A&M University students targeted for dismissal after a fellow student died from an apparent hazing ritual might not face disciplinary action anytime soon.
10:46 AM EST, November 21, 2011
A Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University student died after he fell ill aboard a bus parked outside the Orlando hotel where the school's marching band was staying, officials said.
3:21 PM EST, December 8, 2011
Trustees at Florida A&M University on Thursday publicly reprimanded President James Ammons, saying he has done a poor job of keeping them informed and consulting them on issues related to the recent death of student Robert Champion.
8:35 AM EST, December 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three Florida A&M University marching band members are free after spending the night in jail on charges that they beat a fellow Marching 100 member in a hazing ritual.
8:22 PM EST, December 6, 2011
From the time Robert Champion was a 6-year-old kid watching his first parade, he knew his destiny. Awestruck at the sight of a drum major leading a band along the streets of Atlanta, the boy began to beg his parents for any kind of musical instrument he could get his hands on.
11:27 PM EST, November 22, 2011
On the same day Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings announced that hazing was involved in the death of a FAMU drum major, the Orlando Sentinel learned that several parents have been complaining for months about verbal and physical abuse within the school's prestigious marching band.
12:00 PM EST, December 13, 2011
Three students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University were arrested Monday on charges of hazing a freshman so severely that her leg was broken, Tallahassee police said.
9:40 PM EST, December 5, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M President James Ammons said Monday the university is committed to breaking a conspiracy of silence that has for decades shrouded hazing practices at the school and finally resulted in a band member's death.
11:00 AM EST, December 2, 2011
The president of Florida A&M University announced late Thursday that he was postponing the work of a task force he appointed to review anti-hazing rules at FAMU, which is reeling after the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando last month
11:07 PM EST, December 7, 2011
A Florida A&M University alumnus and student journalists at the college have launched an independent website devoted to collecting reports of hazing past and present on "their beloved campus" — an effort that they say has elicited at least two dozen accounts of abuse, many of them violent.