FAMUPD Chief Suggested Not Letting Marching 100 Attend FL Classic

Tallahassee, Florida- July 6, 2012-

The dean of students at FAMU says administrators tried to come up with all kinds of options to stop hazing within the Marching 100. One of them was to suspend the band.

Dean Henry Kirby says that suggestion was made three days before the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

We've reported before that FAMU's former police chief and school administrators spoke to members of the Marching 100 about hazing before the band went to Orlando for the Florida Classic back in November 2011.

Today, we've gotten documents that detail a conversation among administrators that led to that meeting with the band.
The meeting was three days before the Classic and in the documents, the dean of students says it was suggested then that the Marching 100 be suspended.

Many FAMU fans are still disappointed that the Marching 100 is suspended in the wake of the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Champion died after the Florida Classic on November 19th, 2011.
The dean of students noted that then FAMU Police Chief Calvin Ross had suggested that the band be suspended before that Orlando trip.

Said Tallahassee resident, Devoria Hollis: "Maybe if they were suspended, they should've let them be suspended and it never would've happened."

Dean Henry Kirby turned notes over to the FAMU Board of Trustees Thursday night...

The notes detail a meeting Kirby had on November 16th with Chief Ross, then band director Dr. Julian White, and other administrators...
In them, Kirby says, "Dr. White indicated that he did not think the whole band should be suspended."

Said Tallahassee resident, Christie Whitaker: "Everybody didn't participate in the hazing. Just the ones that particpated in the hazing should be the ones that are punished, not everybody."

Kirby's notes say he recommended what he called, the "Kappa" effect ... saying, "if we suspend the band like we did the Kappas that it would effectively stop all of this hazing. Indicating, that when we suspended the Kappas that we have not had any significant hazing activities regarding any fraternity or sorority because they fear the same fate as the Kappas."

Kirby noted that an administrator suggested they needed to do a mock arrest of Dr. White in front of the band to show that they were serious about stopping hazing.
The meeting with band members was right after that administrators' meeting.
Kirby says he used very strong language with students to be firm on the consequences of hazing.
He says three nights later, he was awakened by a phone call informing him of the death of Robert Champion.

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- July 6, 2012- 6:52pm

The attorney for former Marching 100 Director Dr. Julian White, Chuck Hobbs, says, Dr. White did agree that the band should be suspended, but that no one in the meeting felt they had the authority to make that call.


Tallahassee, Florida - July 6, 2012- Noon

Eyewitness News has obtained a set of notes by FAMU Dean of Students Henry Kirby. The notes were just given to the FAMU Board of Trustees.

In the notes, Dean Kirby says because of hazing, the university police chief suggested that the Marching 100 shouldn't go the the Florida Classic, the game in Orlando that drum major Robert Champion died after from a hazing ritual. Kirby says the band director said the whole band shouldn't be suspended.

Dean Kirby's notes document this and more from a meeting he attended with Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Vice President of Student Affairs William Hudson, former FAMU Police Chief Calvin Ross, Lt. Angela Kirkland, and former Marching 100 Name Director Dr. Julian White.

The meeting was held three days before the Classic and Champion's death.

To read the notes, click on the attached document.

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