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White speaks out, says he tried to stop hazing

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White speaks out

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida A & M University's Band director has broken the silence he's held since the death of one of the band's drum majors two weeks ago. Lynn Hatter reports Dr. Julian White is fighting back against his firing from the university, saying officials were informed of steps he's taken to eradicate hazing in the band program and failed to follow up.

White says he followed all of the university's protocols in reporting allegations and incidents of hazing in the band program. He also says he's waged an often solo fight against the problem.

"And by that I mean, if I've given you the names, do something about it. If you've had these names two weeks, do something about it. I wish they had suspended the students from school. If strong actions had been taken, then Robert Champion may be alive now."

30 band members were suspended from the band this year prior to the death of Robert Champion, a drum major. According to documents provided by White's attorney, university officials have been listed as correspondents on notices of suspensions due to hazing allegations. While some cases have led to charges being filed, far more resulted in no action being taken. White's firing comes after the Orange County Sheriff's office said hazing occurred prior to Champion's death after a football game in Orlando.