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FAMU prez resigns after scandal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M president James Ammons has
resigned the same day parents of a drum major who died after being
hazed added the university to a wrongful death lawsuit.

Ammons resigned Wednesday in a letter to the university
governing board. The resignation takes effect Oct. 11.

Robert Champion died in November after being beaten by fellow
band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an
Orlando hotel following a football game against the school's
archrival.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two
others face misdemeanor counts for alleged roles in the hazing.
They have pleaded not guilty.

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.