Obama talks FAMU hazing on campaign trail
July 21st, 2012
02:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama talks FAMU hazing on campaign trail

(CNN) – President Barack Obama weighed in this week on a hazing incident at Florida A&M University which attracted national attention and resulted in the death of a band member.

Following a campaign appearance in the state on Thursday, CNN affiliate WCTV in Jacksonville caught up with the president who commented on last November's death of band member Robert Champion. Champion was badly beaten on a band bus after a football game in Orlando.

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"Well, obviously the loss of that young man's life is heartbreaking. I think that we can't tolerate bullying of any sort, anywhere. And when we send our young people to college we expect them to be there to learn and to get a great experience, not to be beaten. So, you know, I'm pleased this has gotten attention," said Obama, adding that while tradition is something to be continued, "We don't need this kind of bullying to be a part of it."

Provost Larry Robinson, acting interim President at FAMU, is a former member of the Obama administration.

The University's nationally esteemed marching band also played at the President's inaugural parade.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They don't go to college to be raped by people like Sandusky either.

    July 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Obama will win Florida (and the general election) with the seniors who know Romoney’s adoption of the Ryan plan to destroy SS, and the Latinos who know Romoney uses them to stoke fear & hate in the hearts of the racists in the GOP.

    July 21, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |