Drum Major Parents Will Sue FAMU
FAMU president James Ammons will get to keep his job for now. Florida Governor Rick Scott had asked the board of trustees to suspend Ammons while the investigation continues into the death of drum major Robert Champion, however, the board ruled today it will not ask Ammons to leave his job at this time.
The decision comes three days after the state medical examiner ruled that 26-year-old Robert Champion’s Nov. 19 death was a homicide. Officials say he was beaten so severely that he bled internally and went into shock. Champion, whose family lives in Lithonia, Ga., died within an hour.
Champions family says they will file a lawsuit against Florida A and M University in their sons death. Its the second lawsuit announced against the school in connection with hazing.
Ammons and other university leaders have been criticized for not doing enough to stop a culture of hazing within the university’s famed “Marching 100” band. Band director Julian White has been placed on temporary leave and the board had already publicly reprimanded Ammons.
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