FAMU asking judge to dismiss lawsuit stemming from band hazing death

Published On: Sep 11 2012 07:16:48 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida A&M University is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against the university by the family of a drum major who died after a hazing ritual.

The filing made by the university Monday said the lawsuit from the family of Robert Champion should be dismissed on several grounds, including that Champion should have refused to participate in hazing events and should have reported it to police.

The university says taxpayers should not be held liable for Champion's imprudent and avoidable decision.

But an attorney for the Champion family said FAMU allowed hazing to go on for years, and that the university has a culture of hazing in and outside of the band.

Champion died after he was beaten by fellow band members aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a football game. A dozen people are facing charges in connection to Champion's death.

The Marching 100 was later suspended, meaning the band won't be playing at this season's football games, and the university has made several administrative changes.

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