Did FAMU band staff literally look the other way during beatings?

May 25, 2012

The trickle of alarming details continues as reporters and members of the public comb through the trove of documents recently released by the Florida state prosecutor in the Champion case.

A long, document-based story from ABC News on Thursday reconstructing events the night of the Florida Classic included this little tidbit, buried six paragraphs into the narrative:

Band members said that the band director and bus driver were not on the bus for [Champion’s] “crossing over,” but that they were sometimes up front watching movies during the “hot seat” beatings.

Whoa! Full stop. Let’s ponder that one for a moment. That’s a rather serious allegation unto itself, one that stretches well beyond Champion’s death per se, all the way to what’s often described as “a culture of hazing” for which the higher-ups bear much responsibility.

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3 Responses to “Did FAMU band staff literally look the other way during beatings?”

  1. CLAUDIA RENEE BURKS Says:

    They also said when staff is on the bus they make sure to be quieter when they have someone on the hot seat. You are constantly trying to stir the pot and create even more of a firestorm….geesh

  2. Concerned Citizen Says:

    i think that Hazing should be banned nationwide because of the physical harm associated with this initiation process. Some physical harm can conclude vomiting, paralysis, sexual assault, death, and many more. In one case new pledge members were forced to drink a mixture of disgusting ingredients including a live goldfish, followed by the chugging of boiled beer. The combination of drinks caused a violent reaction in many and resulted in severe vomiting from one individual. Many other tasks being performed by the many new members seeking acceptance can cause physical harm as well. At Harvard two incoming freshman were asked to wrestle. This wrestling match ended much worse than anyone anticipated when one student slipped on a beer soaked floor and was from then on paralyzed. No one anticipated that “insert name” would be unable to walk and forever be confined to a wheelchair. Accidents happen, but the question remains. Could this have been prevented? When looking at this particular case and comparing it to a car collision it is easy to see the similarities. Both happen quickly, without warning, and can be fatal. If steps can be taken to help prevent car accidents like making it illegal to follow cars too closely, speed, and run stop signs then why not take such measures when dealing with the initiation process and outlaw it nationwide.


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