FAMU Wants Hazing Negligence Suit Dropped

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Florida A & M University is asking a judge to dismiss a negligence lawsuit brought by the family of a drum major who died almost four years ago following a hazing ritual.

Attorneys for the university are in court Friday asking an Orlando judge to drop the lawsuit brought by the parents of Robert Champion.

Champion died shortly after he was pummeled by fellow band members with fists and mallets aboard a bus parked at an Orlando hotel in November 2011. The ritual was known as “Crossing Bus C.”

Fifteen former band members were charged with his death.

Champion’s parents say university officials knew that hazing was planned during the Orlando trip, but the officials did little to prevent it. His family previously reached a settlement with the bus owners.