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Fla. band reinstated after hazing death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University’s interim president lifted the suspension of its famous Marching 100 band on Thursday, about a year and a half after a drum major’s death led to the departure of school leaders and an effort to crack down on brutal hazing in the band, fraternities, and other groups.

The decision was criticized by the parents of victim Robert Champion, who collapsed and died after running through a gantlet of band members, who beat him with fists and instruments on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a football game in November 2011.

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‘‘I don’t think it’s a problem that you can fix in one year,’’ Robert Champion Sr. said.

Interim president Larry Robinson said the university has taking steps to prevent and investigate hazing.

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