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June 8, 2013

After getting house arrest for Robert Champion's death, defendants promise to combat hazing

For the death of a gay Florida A&M University student, two defendants get to stay home.

Yesterday (7 June) in an Orange County Circuit courtroom, former FAMU drum majors Rikki Wills and Shawn Turner admitted they were on the bus in 2011 November when fellow drum major Robert Champion died. The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus c.' It involved band members pummeling him with punches, kicks and drumsticks.

June 8, 2013

After getting house arrest for Robert Champion's death, defendants promise to combat hazing

For the death of a gay Florida A&M University student, two defendants get to stay home.

Yesterday (7 June) in an Orange County Circuit courtroom, former FAMU drum majors Rikki Wills and Shawn Turner admitted they were on the bus in 2011 November when fellow drum major Robert Champion died. The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus c.' It involved band members pummeling him with punches, kicks and drumsticks.

September 13, 2012

Robert Champion's parents blast school for its remarks

Florida A&M University said in court papers filed this week that the drum major in their marching band 'should have refused to participate' in the hazing that resulted in his death after a football game last November.

The University is seeking to have a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of 26 year old Robert Champion dismissed. Thirteen fellow students have been charged in the death but the university maintains it is not responsible.

September 13, 2012

Robert Champion's parents blast school for its remarks

Florida A&M University said in court papers filed this week that the drum major in their marching band 'should have refused to participate' in the hazing that resulted in his death after a football game last November.

The University is seeking to have a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of 26 year old Robert Champion dismissed. Thirteen fellow students have been charged in the death but the university maintains it is not responsible.

May 4, 2012

Their son, Robert Champion, died after being pummeled in hazing ritual

The parents of a 26-year-old drum major want the Florida A&M University marching band program disbanded until the school rids itself of the kind of hazing rituals that resulted in their son's death.

Robert Champion Jr., who was gay, was pummeled aboard a bus by fellow band members after a performance against a rival school and 13 people were charged this week (3 May) in his death.

May 3, 2012

Robert Champion Jr. died after being pummeled in hazing ritual

Five months after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion Jr. died following a pummeling by fellow members of the marching band, 13 people have been charged in his death.

The death of the 26-year-old Champion, who was gay, has brought about a focus on college hazing rituals. The beating took place aboard a chartered bus parked outside of a Orlando hotel after a performance.

April 1, 2012

The investigation of Robert Champion's death is over; prosecutors will have to decide what charges to bring

As the United States media hits warp drive in the Trayvon Martin case, there is still no resolution in Robert Champion, Jr's  death.

February 12, 2012

Florida A&M University announces anti-hazing research initiative in response to the death of Robert Champion

The president of Florida A&M University announced the school would be part of $50,000 research initiative to study the effects of hazing.

"Hazing is one issue that many colleges and universities face, yet it presents a serious challenge to uncover and address as a hidden culture, shrouded in secrecy," said university President James Ammons as reported by the Root.

The study will be examined by a seven member independent committee that will make recommendations to the school.