Florida A&M President Resigns In Wake Of Hazing Scandal

The hazing scandal at Florida A&M University has cost the university president his job, the AP is reporting.

James Ammons submitted his resignation today just after the parents of Robert Champion added the university to a wrongful death lawsuit.

Champion, an A&M drum major, died in November after going through a violent hazing ritual on parked bus. Eleven marching band members have been charged.

The AP reports:

“Champion’s death put a spotlight on hazing at the school and led to the suspension of the band until at least next year.

“The lawsuit brought by Champion’s parents claims FAMU officials didn’t take enough action to stop hazing.”

The AP adds that Ammons’ resignation is effective Oct. 11.

The FAMUAN, the college newspaper, reports Ammons had repeatedly resisted calls for his resignation. Last month, the Board of Trustees issue an 8-4 vote of no confidence against Ammons.

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