Army launches investigation after violence in West Point pillow fight

6 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

30 injured as annual pillow fight at West Point turns violent (video).

The U.S. Staff at America’s elite West Point military academy have launched an investigation after cadets involved in a ritual mass pillow fight hospitalised each other by “spiking” their pillow cases with heavy objects. Held every August to mark the finish of a summer of tough training, the night-time pillow fights are designed as a fun way to instil a sense of team spirit in the young cadets, who are groomed to become the cream of America’s military leadership.

Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets, according to a newspaper report Saturday. Though photos and video of the episode have circulated online for some time, West Point officials didn’t confirm what had happened until Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (NewsBreak screenshot) (Screenshot ) WEST POINT, N.Y.

Twenty-four cadets were diagnosed with concussions, and other injuries included a broken nose, a dislocated shoulder and a hairline fracture to the cheekbone of one of the concussed cadets, Army officials said in a statement released Saturday. That led to at least one cadet being knocked senseless, while others suffered injuries including including split slips, dislocated shoulders, and a broken leg.

The pillow fight has been held for years as a way to bring students together, but spiraled out of control. “While these spirit events do occur, we never condone any activity that results in intentional harm to a teammate,” said Lt. In all, 30 cadets were injured, including 24 with concussions, according to West Point, which confirmed details of the brawl to The New York Times on Thursday after reports of it leaked out on social media. Pillow fights at West Point have been a tradition since at least 1897, and are designed to end a period of seven weeks of basic training in which cadets are not authorised even to speak to one another. Eisenhower among its graduates. “West Point applauds the cadets’ desire to build esprit and regrets the injuries,” Kasker said, adding that the school is investigating what happened.

His statement did not say why the academy did not disclose the melee before now. “We remain committed to the development of leaders of character,” the general sasid. “We will continue our investigation, ensure accountability, and reinforce with the Corps that we must all take care of our teammates.”

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