FAMU president resigns amid hazing scandal
James Ammons has resigned as president of Florida A&M University.
July 11th, 2012
02:53 PM ET

FAMU president resigns amid hazing scandal

By Adam Reiss, CNN

(CNN) – The president of Florida A&M University has resigned, more than a month after the school's board of trustees gave him a vote of no confidence in the wake of last year's hazing death of a school band member, his office said Wednesday.

The president, James Ammons, was given the no-confidence vote June 7 after investigations into the university amid concerns over the November death of drum major Robert Champion.

Champion, 26, died after the initiation ritual aboard a bus. The Orange County medical examiner said the cause was "hemorrhagic shock due to soft tissue hemorrhage, due to blunt force trauma."

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, prompting a police investigation and renewed public scrutiny of hazing in the university's famed Marching 100 band, which got its name in 1950 and actually has about 400 members.

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  1. odarrius davis

    I really think that the military should take control of schools that cause problems in this country.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  2. 2012marandalaw

    Reblogged this on Marinchek-Marn and commented:
    Did The Rest..Resign..Too?

    July 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  3. Billy

    Whether there is trauma or not, the law should change to equate HAZING=HARRASSMENT and HAZING DEATH = HOMICIDE and there should be provision of strict legal actions...

    July 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm |