FAMU to try to settle suit over band hazing death of Robert Champion

3:48 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - Florida A&M University is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against the school by the parents of Robert Champion, who was killed during a hazing ritual last year.

The FAMU Board of Trustees directed the school's attorneys on Thursday to enter mediation with the Champion family.

Robert Champion died last November after members of the marching band allegedly beat him during a hazing-related incident aboard a band bus.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson says mediation is part of the legal process and the university intends to "fully participate in that process."

"My approach is we'll follow the dictates of the board here and it's clear to me that they are more than willing to meet and talk with the Champion attorneys about the next steps."

Prosecutors have charged 11 band members with felony hazing, while two others face misdemeanor hazing charges.

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