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The driver of a bus on which Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion was killed in November stood guard while he was being hazed by fellow band members, according to a lawsuit filed today in Orlando by Champion's family.
According to the lawsuit, bus driver Wendy Millette saw Champion vomiting in the parking lot of the Rosen Plaza hotel, then told him to get back on the bus – that he'd be OK. After he boarded the bus again, the lawsuit contends, he was subjected to more hazing.
According the suit, however, the driver of another Fabulous Coach Lines bus saw Millette's bus rocking from side to side and asked her what was happening. Millette then told him to ignore the activity and move on, the suit alleges.
Champion, 26, died as a result of blunt force trauma from the hazing, according to a medical examiner's report.
Chestnut said the allegations against Fabulous Coach Lines were based on eyewitness accounts, including bus drivers and students who went through the hazing ritual that night on Bus C.
According the suit, Champion underwent two different types of hazing. One was called the "hot seat," in which the person being hazed is told to sit down. Then hazers place a pillow case — or some other object that restricts breathing — over the victim's head. Hazers then ask a series of questions. If they're answered correctly, the person being hazed is allowed to breathe. If not, the person is hit and kicked.
No one from State Attorney Lawson Lamar's office would discuss details, but legal experts and former prosecutors said the case will be a "nightmare" to sort out because of all of the potential suspects — perhaps 20 or more — who either took part or might have encouraged the brutal beating Champion suffered.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Nine men have been indicted in a fraternity hazing case on charges that they beat two Youngstown State University pledges to the point that they wound up hospitalized.
A Youngstown State sophomore, Breylon Stubbs, 22, told a judge last month that he and a friend, Resean Yancey, 20, were beaten during off-campus rituals for the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in January and February. Pledges were beaten with fists, a paddle and a wire clothes hanger, Stubbs said.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Newly released documents from Florida A&M University show parents complained to school officials for five years about hazing on campus.
Documents from 2007 show one parent emailed the FAMU president multiple times about hazing threats to his son.
The documents show the school did not seriously respond to the complaints until the death of marching band member Robert Champion last November.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is expected to forward its investigation to the state attorney's office as early as Monday.
Originally posted by ALostAlien
People that ''need'' to be a part of a group or club are the weak ones and should be weeded out.
Originally posted by Afterthought
reply to post by antonia
I fail to understand your point. Are you condoning hazing? Have you read this thread in its entirety?
To answer your question, I believe he did want to be accepted by the upper class band members. I also believe that the school administrators should have investigated long before his death.
Many kids put up with it because they think it's normal and many people in society actually think it's normal as well. I live in a military town, many people here think hazing is a perfectly normal part of joining the military.
People need to start standing up and voicing that they aren't going to take it anymore.
Originally posted by ripcontrol
On this one I have to side with the minority
Hazing is neither disturbing or wrong, the misuse of it however is!
It is a form of testing that group of individuals performs on new members to insure they are able to make the cut.
If they make it they have proved themselves and can be trusted. Without it the group suffers and is unable to operate effectively.
Those cases you mentioned lacked one mere thing. The person involved that died should not have been there.
In what you see as a lack of kindness I see as an act of stupidity.
Those who are that weak should not be allowed to participate. The oversite person should have pulled them as unfit and said, I am sorry you cant participate...
These people were allowed to continue after they showed signs...
BTW, the system of hazing is not something you should frown upon.
Without it you would be speaking german and the world would be short a lot more jews.
I give you Paris Island as the counter... Every Marine who has been through knows they are part of an elite organization, that has only the best. To make it through you have to be strong and emotionally secure... If you graduate from all the hazing you are part of a brotherhood of some of the best..
Also the elite special forces groups of the world also do not sit around the ground singing world peace songs... the whole set of training is hazing...
It strengthens your commitment to the group and the group commitment to you. With out these commitments society would fall apart. In fact perhaps we need some more hazing specifically designed to ensure we function as a society...
The one thing I will give is the definition I was given by an old boss on this... before I went into the military.. however it proved useful...
All this crap belongs to me... When I make a sword, I pay for the steel, the fires and the tongs... I then pay yall to sit there and twist it... I paid for the training of yall in this, and you should be smart enough to see if a piece of metal is good or if it is a piece of crap..
The same goes for those houses my other people are building. If the foreman is not smart enough to separate the bad lumber from the good lumber, well I find a new foreman.
(its called quality control)
The same go with men. Either they can cut it or they cant... Red the trick to success it to be able to separate the bad lumber and metal from the good
Well applying his advice, the problem is that some people should have been pulled from the rites...
Check your numbers... every time they have outlawed hazing, it has failed... they return right back to it....
A wiser policy is simply this.. you want to prevent the deaths...
enforce an earlier culling mechanism...
if the rites require say excessive drinking, make everyone get health test..
if some one can not pass them... sorry you cant be a part of of organization...
or lets say for band... if they are sick, sorry you will not be participating... if it is continuous,, kick them out...
(If the driver had been forced through such a program, they would have acted in the groups best interest and separated the kid. You job as driver is the safe delivery of your passengers, period.)
Each case you mentioned it seems that the ones doing the harming or allowing it never faced such hazing. Nor where they trained to do it properly... They were allowed to damage the groups participants without the ability to manage the affair properly...
Also like the SEAL example, there should always be a bell... That way the weak can go ring it.... no questions asked, you just quit...
bullies are no heros bullies are basicaly cowards