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Florida A&M offers $300k to settle hazing suit

Posted on November 9th, 2012 No Comments

This week, Florida A&M University offered the family of a student who died last year in a hazing incident $300,000 to end the lawsuit. The drum major died on a bus outside an Orlando hotel after fellow band members beat him to death, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

His family sued the university, accusing officials of failing to take action to curb hazing and also failing to enforce its existing anti-hazing policies. The university defends itself, saying that the student did not have to participate in hazing activities and that Florida taxpayers should not have to pay for the trial and for the young man’s decision.

FAMU’s $300,000 offer is the maximum amount it can offer without asking the Florida Legislature for approval. The family has 30 days to make a decision. The offer comes after mediation between the parties failed to reach a compromise. As a result of the young man’s death, FAMU has suspended the band for an academic year, 12 band members are facing felony charges, and the university president and band director have resigned.

If you or someone you loved has been injured or worse by hazing, you do not have to suffer alone. Personal injury lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve for medical bills and pain and suffering, as well as hold those accountable for your injuries.

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