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Parents of FAMU drum major trying to clear sons' name

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLX) - The family of Florida A & M University drum major Robert Champion is speaking out Thursday to clear their son's name in November's hazing incident.

Earlier this week, FAMU filed court papers stating Champion should have refused to participate in the incident. Champion died last year after he was beaten during a marching band trip to Orlando.

During a news conference, Champion's parents explained the school did not do enough to stop a hazing problem. "Robert did all the right things; the school didn't do him right. They didn't do justice to him," said Pamela Champion, Robert's mother. "Now, it's a clear statement to every parent, to every student, that your safety and your best interests is not what is mine. That's what they said to me when they said well it's your own son's fault."

The family's attorney says FAMU's motion will cause a delay in the case going to court.

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