Three Charged in Robert Champion Hazing Death Were Not Enrolled Students
[mpoverlay]The Tallahassee Democrat today reports that three people charged with the hazing death of Florida A&M Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion were not enrolled at FAMU, Florida State or Tallahassee Community College, as required in the band’s handbook.
A list provided to the school’s board of trustees showed that Caleb Jackson, Bryan Jones and LaSherry Conder were not enrolled at the university last fall when Champion was beaten on a band bus in Orlando after the Florida Classic football game.
Jackson is the only one of those charged with felony hazing who was denied bond. He violated his probation from a 2009 felony battery charge stemming from a fight he had on the campus of Tallahassee Community College campus while a student there. (Tallahassee Democrat)
University officials issued a statement reading:
“We were recently made aware of the fact that the three individuals were not enrolled. The university clearly has written guidelines that require marching band students to be enrolled at FAMU, FSU or TCC and in a specific band course. According to the Marching 100 Band Handbook, students cannot be issued a uniform unless their class schedule is submitted to the Department of Music. The University is reviewing this situation and ways to ensure that band guidelines are followed.”[/mpoverlay]