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DECATUR | Champion's parents to Ammons: You are responsible
DECATUR | Champion's parents to Ammons: You are responsible

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida A&M University board of trustees has decided not to suspend the university's president, Dr. James Ammons, as authorities investigate the hazing death of a band member.

During a teleconference Monday morning, Chairman Solomon Badger recommended Dr. Ammons status "remain the same" until they receive a final report with facts from the investigation.

Meanwhile, Robert Champion's parents say as university president, Ammons holds responsibility in their son's death and should be punished.

"He should have had some type of control over the students, the faculty, all the people he put in place to keep all of the kids safe," said Robert Champion, Sr.

The Monday morning meeting in Tallahassee comes three days after the state medical examiner ruled that 26-year-old Robert Champion's death was a homicide. Officials say he was beaten so severely that he bled internally and went into shock. He died within an hour on Nov. 19.  

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Last week, Florida governor Rick Scott called for Dr. Ammons' suspension until investigations are complete.

Pam Champion said the school must adopt a zero-tolerance policy to end hazing.

"Everybody that turned their back, which would be your administrator, every individual student that played a part in it, everybody should be held accountable," she said.

The Champions have started a Facebook page, Drum Major for Change, sparking a growing effort to end hazing in their son's name. They are developing an anonymous hotline for students to report hazing.

School President James Ammons and other university leaders have been criticized for not doing enough to stop a culture of hazing within the university's famed "Marching 100" band. Band director Julian White has been placed on temporary leave and the board publicly reprimanded Ammons.


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