Was FAMU hazing death a hate crime?

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    Florida officials confirmed this week that charges are, in fact, going to be filed against Florida A&M University band members believed to be involved in the hazing death of Robert Champion last November.

    Authorities have yet to disclose what the charges will be, but CBS News reports that at least a dozen people will be brought up on charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

    The incident took place on a bus outside of an Orlando hotel. Robert was said to have suffered blunt trauma blows.

    Robert, a 26-year-old drum major at FAMU, reportedly died from shock, which was a result of severe bleeding.

    While some speculate that Robert may have endured more severe hazing treatment due to his sexuality as a gay man, it’s not yet been determined that any crimes against him were the result of prejudice.

    In addition to a full-fledged investigation of this particular crime, Florida A&M, along with several other schools facing intense scrutiny on how hazing cases are handled, will reevaluate the way hazing cases are handled, The New York Daily News reports.

    Hazing has been an issue on college campuses for over a century and continues to plague universities all over North America.

     

    Robert’s attorney addresses the press. Watch it below.
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    Do you think the hazing of Robert should be treated as a hate crime? Leave your comments below.

     

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