Several Florida A&M University band members will be charged in the November hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando, Orange County authorities says. Prosecutors expect to file charges ranging from felonies to misdemeanors.
In related news involving the FAMU band band, two music professors have left the university over a 2010 hazing at one of the faculty members’ Tallahassee home, the media reports.
The president of the faculty union told the media this morning that both had been dismissed. But Anthony Simons says he resigned after being notified the university planned to fire him. It’s being reported that the media could not reach reach the other professor, Diron Holloway, at whose home the hazing occurred.
An attorney for the professors told the media that both men resigned last week before they were to be terminated Thursday.
Champion died from shock caused by severe bleeding from heavy blows after being hazed by band members on a bus outside an Orlando hotel. An autopsy determined that Champion died within an hour of being beaten.
— terry shropshire