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Robert Champion Hazing Death: Parents of band member suing Florida A&M over his death

Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. Champion became ill and died after a game on November 19, 2011. AP Photo/Don Juan Moore

FAMU hazing death was retaliation: parents
Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.
AP Photo/Don Juan Moore
(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - The parents of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, who died after allegedly being beaten by fellow band mates in a hazing incident, say they are suing the university.

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Champion's parents say they're filing the lawsuit in Orlando on Wednesday, over six months after their son died after being hazed aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts for alleged roles in the hazing.

Champion's death put a spotlight on hazing at the school and led to the suspension of the school's famed marching band at least until next year. Critics say FAMU president James Ammons and other administrators ignored the hazing.

Documents recently revealed that FAMU's Dean of Students Henry Kirby and Police Chief Calvin Ross had urged administrators, only days before Champion's death, to suspend the marching band due to hazing issues.

Champion's parents, Robert and Pamela, already have sued the bus company, claiming the driver stood guard outside while the hazing took place. The company said the driver was helping band members with their equipment.

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