Hazing at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was never an isolated incident with the Robert Champion case. It has been a continuous problem at the university, according to hundreds of pages of records obtained by The Associated Press and Tallahassee Democrat.
Robert Champion, a 26-year-old member of FAMU’s famed Marching 100, died from injuries sustained during hazing ritual on a bus. His death spawned a national outcry on the history and culture of hazing on college campuses.
The public records that were obtained shed light on extent of the hazing practices at Florida A&M. In one such email, a father of a band member wrote to Florida A&M President James Ammons that he was concerned for his son’s future.
“I feel that my son’s future could be in jeopardy,” Donovan Crosby wrote Ammons in the email, which is part of the public records obtained.
The records reveal warnings and pleas from parents to stop hazing at the university. But no serious effort was taken to stop the rituals from taking place.
Crosby said his son later left FAMU and enrolled in another college in Florida, AP reports.
“It was the worst decision in his life to go to FAMU,” Crosby said.
Nearly two dozens incidents involving the band, fraternities and other students groups have been investigated since 2007, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press.
FAMU Emails Show Hazing Major Problem at University
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