James Ammons, president of Florida A&M University, resigns


The Florida A&M marching band performs during the half time show of the 2009 Atlanta Football Classic. (Jason Getz/AP)

Ammons’ decision to step down comes after a tumultuous school year, in which student and drum major Robert Champion died after being hazed. Ammons announced his resignation, which takes effect Oct. 11, the same day Champion’s family sued the school. Champion died in November after he was beaten by fellow band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a football game.

Facebook and Twitter lit up with the announcement of Ammons’ departure.

Thirteen people were charged for Champion’s death and the school’s band, the Marching 100, was suspended through the 2012-2013 school year.

Tuesday, the school announced that Kawachi Clemons would become the new interim chair for the department of music.

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