FAMU band suspension extended


    Administrators at Florida A&M University have extended the band’s “indefinite” suspension to continue into next year.

    The FAMU band, the Marching 100, was initially suspended immediately following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

    President of the University James Ammons has extended that suspension until spring 2013, ordering the band to cease all on-field activities and competitions for at least one additional school year.

    James made it clear that this culture of hazing has no place in FAMU, the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Robert’s death has brought national attention to the university, as well as to the much broader problem of hazing in colleges.

    As of now, 11 of the band members are facing felony charges and two more are facing misdemeanor charges. 

    The university president spoke with trustees this morning and emphasized the need to be respectful of the young man’s family in discussing his decision, to suspend the band, CNN reports.

    School officials are expected to announce more specific plans of reinstatement at a meeting of trustees in June.


    Watch the news report on the suspension.

    —Jacob Rohn



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