Robert Champion Hazing Lawsuit Update
By Sequoia Powell, News 20 at Five
Florida A&M denies responsibility of the death of Robert Champion. The University has asked the judge to throw out the case that was filed by the family of the former drum major.
The twenty-three paged court document was file Monday Night by the Universities attorney, Rick Mitchell.
Champion died after being beaten by band members of the Marching 100, on a bus that was parked outside of an Orlando Hotel. Which took place after the Florida Classic football game, last November.
Some students at FAMU believes that the case should be dropped because Champion was aware of the hazing issue and wasn’t forced to do anything, yet still chose to go along with it.
The court document stated that as a twenty-six year old adult, Champion should have “refused to participate in planned hazing events” and reported it to the police. Therefore, “tax payers should not be held financially liable to Champions estate” because it was his choice.
FAMU student John Scott says, “so many kids come to FAMU trying to fit in, but no matter how old he was justice should be served.”
Various band members of the marching 100 were charged with felony hazing on May eleventh. Their trails will begin on October eighth, in Orange County. The band director and university president both resigned after this incident. The band has also been suspended due to Champions death.