FAMU Documents: Hazing to be Accepted into Group

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - May 30, 2012 -

New documents released in the case of a Florida A&M drum major who died after being beaten by fellow band members show that being ritually hazed was what it took to be accepted into the inner circle of the Marching 100's percussionist section.

The affidavits for arrest warrants released Wednesday by the State Attorney's Office in Orlando say that it was common knowledge band members were required to go through hazing in order to earn the respect of other percussionists.

Eleven band members have been charged with felony hazing for Robert Champion's death in November. Two others face misdemeanor charges.

Champion had opposed hazing. But he was also vying to be the band's top leader, and friends say he volunteered to be hazed in order to win respect from others.


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  • by Kim Location: FAM on May 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    If they haze they should loose all they money and have to pay for school themselves. Too many get all that free money and then not be responsible.
  • by Michelle on May 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM
    So you had to be a thug to belong to this gang....how cute
  • by Selara Location: Clearwater on May 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    It is unfair to expect performers to be enrolled in a school they represent. The bus driver should have checked their enrollment and immigration status prior to their boarding. The University is responsible for obtaining enough grant money to support the acdults who can dance well but not read or play music because of the African Americans with Disabilities Act.The bus driver should have enforced that law too. Ammons should obtain hero status because he know how to work the media and get us enough money.
  • by DoNotUnderstand on May 31, 2012 at 09:58 AM
    I do not understand how many of you do not feel that the bus driver, who allowed this to take place on her bus and who stood guard during this beating and did nothing to prevent it or stop it once it began, is free from any responsibility whatsoever in this outcome. I feel sorry for the bus company OWNER who will probably have to pay for his employee's poor judgement.
  • by whatthewhat? on May 31, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    This whole idea of being beaten by others (who have also been beaten) in order to gain their "acceptance" and "respect" makes me very sad. What does it say about a group (the band) when earning respect is through something so horrific and negative as physical assault? Doesn't it may more sense to earn respect through musicianship or some activity that is positive and uplifting? Beating each other is the most self destructive thing--case in point, Mr. Champion is now dead. And please rethink the position that some of you take where you blame the victim. Another self destructive approach. If he was guilty of anything it was probably some immaturity and poor judgment that sucked him into a culture that convinced him he needed to be beaten in order to belong.
  • by Why? on May 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM
    Why hasn't Ammons been fired? He allowed hazing even though he knew it was against the rules. It's there in the paperwork!
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      by Michelle on May 31, 2012 at 01:44 PM in reply to Why?
      its a black thing...and it would take a white to fire him therefore it will never happen.....2 sets of rules here.
  • by Al on May 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
    It will be great when they fire Ammons and stop talking about this gay dude. He's just as guilty.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 09:26 AM in reply to Al
      Not in the eye of the law. What are you working for the defense team?
  • by Tessaraa Location: pontiac on May 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    What is really important is that college should be for adults who want to learn. All this other stuff should go, so serious students can work without so many antics going on, drunk, drugs, hazing. Better yet close FAMU and lets go to a real college.
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    It is important to remember that this is a two-way street. It is true that the members should not be hazing others, BUT LIKEWISE members should not allow themselves to be hazed. All the blame does not rest with the hazers, the "hazees" have a choice as well. The choice for BOTH parties should always be that they will NOT participate. This is a very sad situation, and I really hope that lessons are REALLY learned and this brutality ends.
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      by An organized gang attack is not hazing.. on May 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM in reply to
      In the eyes of the law Its not a 2 way street. It important to remember that or you are going to end up just like the ones sitting in jail now. This was not hazing it was an organize gang attack. If white people had done it and try to call it hazing and say it was a 2 way street you all would have been livid.
  • by Just?Me Location: Edge of Reality on May 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM
    Twice the story says "win the respect". What kind of culture would require these activities in order to have "respect"?
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      by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 01:51 PM in reply to Just?Me
      That kind of "respect" brings to mind the word "gang".
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      by For Champion's parents. on May 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM in reply to Just?Me
      "Culture", what is that, justification? The white mob could be called "a culture thing too. Their race "culture" does not make them immune to the law nor sure yours. You are not above the law because you are black and you want to say its black culture when you beat some kid to death. Assault is Assault no matter what American "culture" you are in.
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        by Michelle on May 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM in reply to For Champion's parents.
        There is only one culture here! Get a grip on reality or are you just going to deny everything
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      by LFH on May 31, 2012 at 05:07 AM in reply to Just?Me
      A sick one?
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