4 Florida Students Expelled in Hazing Death

Florida A&M band member found dead last month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2011 5:15 PM CST
Florida A&M Dismisses Four Students in Hazing Death of Band Member
A horse-drawn carriage carrying the casket of Robert Champion is led by his fellow band members following his funeral Wednesday in Decatur, Ga.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Florida A&M is dismissing four students for their role in the death of a marching band member last month. University President James Ammons referred to the dismissals in a memo he sent this week to members of the FAMU board, though he didn't offer any specifics on what the students actually did. Robert Champion, 26, was found unresponsive Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival.

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In a 911 recording obtained by the Associated Press, an unidentified caller told the emergency dispatcher that Champion had stopped breathing and was unresponsive. Champion had just thrown up, the caller said before handing the phone to a second man. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott today told all 11 state universities to review anti-hazing rules. (Read more hazing stories.)

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