FAMU has fired longtime band director Julian White, four days after the death of a drum major in which police say hazing was involved.
“Dr. White has been terminated from employment at the university,” said FAMU President James Ammons, citing White’s “inability to stop hazing in the department of music and in the band.”
“We are serious: This has to stop,” Ammons said in an interview with the Sentinel. “The highest priority we have as a university is protecting the health, safety and well-being of our students.”
The news comes a day after Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings announced that hazing is being investigated in the death of Robert Champion, who collapsed aboard a parked charter bus in front of the Rosen Plaza hotel Saturday night after the Florida Classic football game. The FAMU band performed during halftime.
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