FAMU Suspends Dance Team After Allegations of Hazing

An investigation was launched into the incident

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012  |  Updated 11:20 PM EDT
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Prosecutors File Hazing Charges in FAMU Band Member Death

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The Florida A&M University marching band.

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13 Charged in FAMU Hazing Death

Thirteen people were charged Wednesday for their roles in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major, Robert Champion. Chuck Hobbs, who represents suspended band director Dr. Julian White, said "now that you have individuals who are subject to arrest, I think that it's going to show that clearly that Dr. White has no personal culpability in the events that led to Robert Champion's death."

Prosecutors File Hazing Charges in FAMU Band Member Death

There was no single blow, stomp or strike to Robert Champion's bruised and battered body that killed him as he was pummeled by fellow Florida A&M University marching band members during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus last fall. Hear from the student's parents and law professor Tamara Lave.
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Florida A&M University officials say the Torque Dance Team has been suspended following allegations of an off-campus hazing incident.

Interim President Larry Robinson announced the suspension Tuesday, shortly after the university received an anonymous report that the incident occurred during the Labor Day weekend.

Officials say they've launched an investigation, but details about what happened weren't released.

FAMU has cracked down on hazing since the death of drum major Robert Champion last year during a band trip to Orlando. The Marching 100 was later suspended, meaning the band won't be playing at this season's football games.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts. They have pleaded not guilty.

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