FAMU administrators react to charges in Champion’s death. Dr. Julian White’s attorney renews request for White’s reinstatement
By News 20 at Five
Solomon Badger, Chair FAMU Board of Trustees, and James H. Ammons, President of FAMU, released a joint statement regarding charges filed in the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.“We are vigorously working to eradicate hazing from FAMU and doing everything within our power to ensure an incident like this never happens again. Our hearts and our prayers are with the Champion family and the extended FAMU family as we all continue to deal with this tragedy,” said Badger and Ammons.
“There have been significant steps taken by FAMU in the past five months, with the singular goal to end hazing. They include:
• Indefinite suspension of the FAMU Marching Band and cancellation of 2012 FAMU Summer Band Camp for High School Students. The suspension is still in place and the status of the band is under review.
• Suspension of induction, enrollment, initiation, membership intake and recruitment for all student clubs and organizations until the Fall 2012.
Meanwhile … Chuck Hobbs, attorney for ousted FAMU Marching 100 band director attorney Dr. Julian White, released a statement on White’s behalf.
“Now that arrests have been made and the criminal investigation into the hazing that led to Robert Champion’s death has been concluded, it is our position that President Ammons and/or the Board of Trustees should finally consider our petition to have Dr. White fully reinstated as Director of Bands and Chair of the Music Department at Florida A&M University. We maintain that the evidence we provided following Dr. White’s initial termination for alleged incompetence in reporting hazing— is clearly unfounded by the record evidence. Most of the decisive actions that the university has taken since Robert Champion’s tragic death were largely based on Dr. White’s reporting both known and alleged incidents of hazing,” said Hobbs.