ORLANDO, FL (AP/WAOK) – More than six months after FAMU drum major, Robert Champion’s death from hazing aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel, his parents are filing a lawsuit against the school in Orlando.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts for alleged roles in the hazing death of Champion.

Robert Champion’s parents, Robert and Pamela, have already sued the bus company, claiming the bus driver stood outside while the hazing took place. In his defense, the company said the driver was helping band members with their equipment.

Champion’s death put a spotlight on hazing at the school and led to the suspension of the school’s famed marching band at least until next year.

Longtime band director Dr. Julian White retired earlier this year.

Pamela Champion has said repeatedly that her goal since her son’s death is to “put an end to the culture of hazing at FAMU in Robert’s name.”

Written and Submitted by: Asha Staples


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