Robert Champions' Parents Criticize Reinstation of FAMU Band

By: CNN
By: CNN

Florida A&M University lifted the suspension of its famed Marching 100 band Thursday. The band was suspended following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion's parents are criticizing the school's decision.

"I have to be honest. I wasn't surprised."

Pam Champion says she wasn't a bit surprised when she was surfing the internet and noticed Florida A & M University had lifted its suspension of the acclaimed Marching 100 band.

Her husband says it proves the university cares more about profits over people.

"They're putting dollars over the students."

The band had been benched since the Champion's son, FAMU drum major Robert Champion, Jr., died during a hazing incident November 2011. Several students were arrested and staff terminated

Now the school has announced it has lifted the suspension, saying the time is right.

But the Champions and their attorney beg to differ.

"Hazing is still occurring at the institution as recently as this year," said attorney Chris Chestnut.

The school says students are getting training. It has an anti-hazing website where students can report abuse anonymously among other safeguards.

Pam Champion says that's not enough.

"You need a lot more in order to get that message out. You need to be in those schools. In their face every opportunity that you can get."

The Champions say they were not consulted about the lifting of the suspension.

"I'd like to see something in place proving evidence that what they put in place and yet I don't see anything that they've done different."


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