Students and Champions' Parents React to Arrests Made

Tallahassee, FL -- May 4, 2012 --

Even before anyone was arrested for Robert Champion's death, his parents said that everyone on the bus Champion was on should be arrested, and that the Marching 100 should remain suspended.

They haven't changed their tune.

Some people understand where they're coming from, while others say it may be a bit too harsh.

Tallahassee resident Michael Ference says, "Thirteen people being prosecuted for everyone's crime that was on that bus is not right whatsoever. Everyone that was on that bus that day needs to be prosecuted."

Those are just about the exact same words Pam Champion said...

There were reportedly about 30 people on the charter bus her son Robert Champion was on when FAMU Marching 100 band mates hazed him to death...

Mrs. Champion says everyone is responsible for the November 19th incident in Orlando.

"If that was my kid, I'd feel the exact same."

However, Some people feel it's fair to be a little more lenient.

Tallahassee resident Kathy Lincoln adds, "I think they're young people and I feel like they should be forgiven and that they should make rules at the university where this doesn't happen. Hoepfully they can recognize at some point that these are young people that need to have a future."

Champion's family says they also believe the band should remain on suspension and are suing FAMU.

Michael Westmoreland, another Tallahassee resident, adds, "If a kid brings a gun to school and it's not the school's fault, should the school be sued? That's not really justifiable to try and sue the school."

Pam Champion says, "FAMU, they need to clean house. Seriously, need to clean house."

Whether or not people agree with the Champion family in their ideas of how and who should be punished, many say they feel it's understandable to be upset for losing their only son.


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  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM
    how is it that they can always find the most ignorant person to interview?
  • by In My Opinion Location: Tallahassee on May 7, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    After reading several post, Everyone knows that Robert Champion was the victim,however, some people feel as though he had a choice. He did. Most people will agree that hazing happens in many institutions across the world. Unfortunately, 13 members of the marching 100 have been arrested and justice will be served. So, In my opinion, the family must realize that their son made a costly decision to beaten by another human being...and those individuals should have known not to beat someone like they did..so what happen to a little common sense. Now everyone has to pay price....it may not be fair, but this to shall pass.
  • by InMyOpinion Location: Tallahassee on May 7, 2012 at 08:34 AM
    In My opinion Robert Champion had a choice also...I know that this was a tragedy and my heart goes out to the family. But, the reality is he didn't have to participate in such activities. He was at an age to comprehend right from wrong. There loss is our loss but we must learn to move on. They to become advocate for "Hazing". Instead, of punishing the community, school, and the fans. They need to let go and let God!!! This their chance to help law makers and schools implement anti-hazing policy. Obviously, they do not see any wrong in what they child choose to do, He was a 26 year old man going to college to get a degree, so they need to understand he bares so responsibility. Because there is no way....I would allow someone to hit me so I could be part of something..We need to teach your to accept and love theirselves and neighbors. I'm asking the family to have Grace and Mercy... Robert would have things to move in a positive course..Everyone who participated should be punish accordingly by the law.
  • by that would have got their attention Location: fl on May 6, 2012 at 02:25 PM
    he should pulled out his 9mm and popped a few of them. he did have his 9 didn't he.
  • by FAMU Grad Location: Tallahassee on May 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    Convert FAMU into a Reception and classification center for violent Felons.
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      by ga. resident on May 6, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to FAMU Grad
      thanks. they sure make the new's alot.
  • by Louise Location: Tallahassee on May 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    I don't know why Robert Champion’s family is mad and so upset Robert was old enough to know better. When Robert became a member of the WORLD GREATEST Band he did not sign papers stating he had to he HAZED, that was something he wanted to participate in. He went back to that bus on his own he should have stayed in his hotel room. Mr. Chestnut is just looking at $$$$$ FAMU don’t owe this family or Mr. Chestnut anything. Why should we suffer for not seeing the band perform because of a stupid decision of Mr. Champion? Leave the students alone Robert played a BIG part in his death.
  • by Let's not forget on May 6, 2012 at 05:10 AM
    How can anyone at famu including attorney hobbs forget that several kappa members went to prison for hazing that cost a kidney of a young man. Now, a death is involved for the exact same practice and the only thing i am reading is re-instate the marching band and Dr. White. As for most cases that violates the law one must pay the price. The Third degree felony went into law after the trial of the kappa's. Famu administration fail to protect all students to any kind of abuse practice, hazing etc. Not only should the band be suspended the administration as well as the president of this famous university should also be removed. If famu cannot adhere to the law of hazing which was in place before mr. champion death than how is it that famu you have a law school.
  • by Chris Location: Tallahassee on May 6, 2012 at 05:08 AM
    "Tallahassee resident Kathy Lincoln adds, 'I think they're young people and I feel like they should be forgiven and that they should make rules at the university where this doesn't happen.'" Good God, I've never read such unmitigated stupidity. I didn't realize you could still use the "young person" excuse in your early to mid-20s.
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      by Anonymous on May 6, 2012 at 02:26 PM in reply to Chris
      I agree with you, but, for insurance purposes, they are now considered children until age 26. Personal responsibility has become a lost art. Unintended consequences, and all that.
  • by Angie on May 5, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    I don't get it. Several people posting here are saying that Robert was responsible for his own death and that they want the Marching 100 reinstated. What about the accaountability of all of the people on the bus to stop a vicious attack? Why shouldn't the family suetha college? Yes, there were guidelines in place, but look back and you will see where members of the band faculty actually hosted hazing incidents. Those faculty members were eventually fired ( asked to resign) but they would still have their jobs if Robert was alive. There was a faculty member on the bus, why didn't they stop it? Those guidelines were not followed the majority of the time. Staunch defenders of the band seem to think that all should now be forgiven. Talk about an injustice! Folks, this band was an institutuion of hazing and deserves a very long suspension AND outside observation when or if it is reinstated....And by outside, I mean adults that have nothing whatsoever to do with FAMU or any of the students past or present.
  • by RIGHTEOUSNESS Location: FLORIDA on May 5, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    As a parent, the loss of a child must be horrific. However, Our Heavenly Father is the ultimate vindicator and justice shall be served for the death of Robert Champion...if not here on earth, than certainly in the after-life. Robert's parents should pray the Holy Spirit comfort them, the Peace of Jesus rest upon them, seek God for healing, forgive any and everyone that offended them, and trust that the Righteous God will deal with this matter. It is likely very hard, but they've gotta place this matter at the feet of Jesus.
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