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Inside The Bus During Drum Major Robert Champion’s Fatal Hazing (VIDEO)

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Source:  Christina Ng / ABC News

Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion endured a lethal pummeling down the aisle of a pitch black bus that rocked from the force of the violence inside, the culmination of a tradition of violent hazing at the nationally known marching band.

Champion struggled, with a female band member holding him back to prolong the punishment, through a gauntlet of band mates who used their fists, feet, straps and sticks to pound him into unconsciousness.

Over 2,000 pages of evidence from the investigation into Champion’s death were released by the Florida District Attorney’s Office and they deliver a blow-by-blow of the night’s events.

They also describe a culture that considers repeated “hot seat” beatings and the final “crossing over” gauntlet that killed Champion as rites of passage.

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  • Common Sense

    Although I am sad to know of Robert Champion’s death, it is unfortunate that no one is reporting his involvment in this culture as well.  In order to be slated the next leader of such band, one would have to know and participate in the culture in which we knew was the norm at FAMU.  He hazed, and participated in others ‘hot seats’ and to know that FAMU will soon rake out MILLIONS bothers me because of that. 

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