TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M President James Ammons resigned on Wednesday, the same day that the university was sued by the family of Robert
Champion, who was killed in a hazing ritual aboard a band bus last fall.
On Wednesday, Ammons submitted a letter of resignation to the FAMU
Board of Trustees. Ammons wrote, "After considerable thought,
introspection and conversations with my family, I have decided to resign
from my position as president." Ammons said he'll step down October 11.
Just last month, Ammons faced a vote of no confidence from the FAMU
board, but he vowed to stay on the job. Ammons said he wanted to lead
the school out of its crisis following Champion's death.
Champion's family claims in the lawsuit that school leaders did not do enough to stop hazing at the school.
Prosecutors have charged 11 FAMU band members with felony hazing
charges and two others with misdemeanor hazing charges in the case.
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